Rinova consortium member Fashion Enter has boosted employment opportunities for young people by increasing its intake of Fashion and Textile Apprenticeships – in partnership with Rinova and the London Borough of Wandsworth.

In response to the success of their ‘Made in Britain’ clothing label, Fashion Enter has also teamed up with Creative Skillset to launch the ‘We can do it…’ campaign – which marked the opening of applications for Creative Skillset’s new Higher Level Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles. The US army-style poster featuring Fashion Enter’s apprentices was heavily featured during London Fashion Week in the trade press and in the London Evening Standard.

Shannon Lloyd, Shanice Godwin-Samuel and Abbie Godbold, all 17, and Kristen Lucas, 19, feature in the campaign. All four are apprentices through the Rinova consortium with the London Borough of Wandsworth at Fashion Enter, which produces clothes for website ASOS.com, Topshop and House of Fraser. Since joining the 18-month programme they have been given practical experience of the industry while earning a salary. Kristen recognised the opportunities the apprenticeship is giving her when she said “The apprenticeship is so much better than I ever imagined it would be. I am learning so much and it is opening my eyes to all the different options available in the fashion industry. And I get to earn as I learn.”

Jenny Holloway, Managing Director of Fashion Enter said: “We are all committed to the apprenticeship programme and now the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles provides new and exciting opportunities for both the individual and the fashion industry. Apprenticeships are 100% right for the current economic environment; employers need people that can ‘do’! On the job training is invaluable to success especially in garment manufacturing for that all important ‘Made in Britain’ label.”

On Tuesday 12th February, Fashion Enter hosted an Apprenticeship Open Day at its Fashion Studio at the University of East London at the Knowledge Dock Business Centre bringing leading High Street Stores, clothing manufacturers and potential apprentices together with Creative Skillset for an informative workshop and job fair.

Picture above: Fashion Enter apprentices Shannon Lloyd, Shanice Godwin-Samuel, Abbie Godbold and Kristen Lucas.