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400th new apprenticeship launched at London Fashion Week for fashion studio assistants

Lauretta Roberts
15 February 2019

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has today announced the approval of the Fashion Studio Assistant apprenticeship, on the first day of London Fashion Week, making it the 400th new apprenticeship approved for use.

Designers Jasper Conran and Roksanda worked on the development of the apprenticeship along with employers from across the UK fashion industry, with the British Fashion Council providing the secretariat and UKFT as the external quality assurance provider.

“We are delighted to be launching the apprenticeship for fashion studio assistant, the 400th new government apprenticeship," said Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council.

“Inspiring more young people to work in the creative industries without necessarily having to take the university route will help to ensure that the fashion industry continues to attract the best talent,” Rush added.

The Fashion Studio Assistant apprenticeship will provide an important employment route into the UK’s thriving fashion industry, which contributes £32bn to the UK economy. It will deliver specific skills that will ultimately contribute to all levels of a fashion business, developing leaders and teams to work alongside home-grown design talent, as well as making Britain the best place to incubate a new business from initial idea to commercial sustainability.

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships said: “We are delighted to have supported employers from across the fashion industry to develop this exciting new apprenticeship. The Institute has worked hard to make the approvals process more efficient and it is great news that the 400th standard has been approved.”

Education secretary Damian Hinds added the apprenticeship system in the UK was "coming of age". “We are transforming apprenticeships – making them longer, with more on the job training and – crucially – being designed by business. This means that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to a high-quality qualification that will truly give them the skills they need to thrive in the workplace.

“With the number of people starting our new, higher quality apprenticeships rising sharply, the approval of the 400th new standard means even more people will benefit from this high-quality training and the chance to secure a great job in a range of exciting professions,” Hinds said.

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