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UKFT launches scheme to support graduate designers

Published: Saturday, 12 November 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The UK Fashion & Textile Association has launched a new programme aimed at uniting graduate fashion designers with UK manufacturers.

Launched in partnership with Graduate Fashion Week and Marks & Spencer, the scheme, called Made It, will boost collaboration between talented design talent and manufactures through masterclasses.

Throughout the masterclasses, fashion design students will be introduced to the business of fashion, and in particular the nuances of working alongside UK manufacturers.

Life collaborating with British manufactures

Each masterclass will be held at five different universities across the country and will be hosted by numerous staff from the UKFT, Marks & Spencer and Graduate Fashion Week.

Also, Marks & Spencer and the UKFT will selected and sponsor a number of Graduate Fashion Week winners, who will be rewarded with the opportunity of having their collections made in the UK.

The new initiative was launched at the Houses of Parliament this week and included a reception, hosted by Damian Collins MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textiles Group, which attracted leading industry insiders and key policy makers.

UKFT chairman Nigel Lugg added: “Not only will Made It see the creation of some stunning collections, the project will also help to ensure the success of the next generation in understanding the business of fashion, which is a fundamental part of UKFT’s purpose and key whether you are developing a new brand, working with manufacturers or growing business overseas.”

Vital skills for fashion and design graduates

The scheme is a great opportunity for students to receive first-hand knowledge and experience of what life is like collaborating with British manufacturers.

Graduate Fashion Week Managing Director, Martyn Roberts, said: “These are vital skills for fashion design graduates and essential for keeping Britain at the forefront of design.”

Textiles and Fashion is one of the most creative and dynamic sectors of the UK economy and a vital part of Britain’s future success.

For graduate schemes across a range of locations, visit Grad Plus today

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