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FASHION SKILLS

MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TALENTED PEOPLE.
AND AN UPSKILLED CITY.

A fashion career should be aspirational. But not impossible. Working with a network of training providers, we signpost industry recognised provision and clear pathways into good careers in fashion.

We open up paid internships, specialist programmes and new apprenticeships to young east Londoners. To give them experience in digital, admin, design, and head office roles at all kinds of fashion brands and retailers.

Working with the industry, we look for skill gaps and target them. Like the new Tailoring Academy, which gives the whole region access to high-quality training.

And we pile on the support for entrepreneurs, too. With business strategy guidance and resources to help them grow. We get pilots up and running. Like East Works: Fashion for SME’s.

An upskilled workforce and access to skills training is good for everyone. It attracts manufacturers to London. Attracts talent to London. And encourages them both to stay.

WE HAVE A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN EAST LONDON FOR TRAINING PROVIDERS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH INDUSTRY TO NURTURE A NEW GENERATION OF TECHNICALLY SKILLED, RESILIENT YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FRESH IDEAS FOR A NEW ERA OF FASHION.

Paul Stephen,
Newham College of Further Education

DESIGNED IN BRITAIN. MADE IN BRITAIN.

The future of our world-leading fashion industry will be Made in Britain. There are 135 SME’s in London – many less than five years old. See how we’re helping to reinvogarate skills and manufacturing.

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A third of the capital’s fashion SMEs are already in east London, making the most of speedy connections to Essex, Kent, Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds. Plus, new manufacturers keep springing up. There are 135 of them in London – many less than five years old.

But there still aren’t enough UK manufacturers who can remain competitive and designers are often forced to go offshore to satisfy demand. With economic uncertainty on the horizon, this is becoming an even trickier issue. So what’s next? The future of our world-leading fashion industry will be Made in Britain. Our east London Fashion District is boosting UK fashion manufacturing, for the long term. Our investment fund will continue to discover and invest in the next big fashion technologies. Making fashion SMEs more visible, and more successful. SMEs, manufacturers: you can help us keep building it.

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