- Danielle Wightman-Stone
Fashion Enter's Haringey-based training Fashion Academy has announced that it's achieved a 100 percent graduate employment rate, with learners completing their accredited qualification at level one and two and subsequently securing employment for all apprentices at level three and four.
Those apprentices graduating at level three and four are now in full-time employment with leading fashion companies such as Marks and Spencer, Asos, Topshop, and River Island, the fashion academy confirmed.
The social enterprise has been supported with HSBC funding and is the only training academy in Europe to operate alongside a fully functioning textiles factory and was launched to pave way for new employment opportunities for young people in London.
Fashion Enter chief executive, Jenny Holloway, said: "Our training programme is the first apparel academy in Europe to operate alongside a fully operational factory, ensuring that our students receive the real experience of manufacturing whilst they gain their qualifications. This combination has been a recipe for success and we're delighted to announce that all of our 2015/16 level three and four apprentices are now in full-time employment.
"HSBC's ongoing support throughout the evolution of our business has been integral to our development. The bank's Central London team has provided sound business advice, reassurance and security throughout our growth, which in turn has allowed us to take greater calculated risks and introduce more and more young people to our apprenticeships programmes. We look forward to continuing this momentum with HSBC and creating further employment opportunities within the garment fashion industry."
HSBC area director of business banking, James Patterson, added: "Fashion Enter champions the garment fashion industry and provides vital employment opportunities for young people. As a not-for-profit company, it's been essential that HSBC provided support to best enhance its growth and the ongoing facilities we've put in place have helped to ensure the smooth running of the business.
"HSBC has allocated 2.5 billion pounds to support SMEs in London this year and Fashion Enter is a fantastic example of the type of businesses which can take advantage of the funding. London is one of the most competitive locations to start a business so this fund could give local companies a real edge to stand out from the industry crowd with, which Fashion Enter has so successfully done."
Fashion Enter is an award-winning not-for-profit company that produces garments for some of the UK's largest retailers, including Marks and Spencer, Asos and Tesco. Launched in 2008 the business has trained over 400 people at its Fashion Training Academy.
Image: Courtesy of Fashion-Enter
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