The Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) is a collaboration with Fashion- Enter Ltd (FEL) – sister company to FashionCapital.co.uk – Haringey Council, DWP and global e-tailer ASOS.com.
Opened in March 2016 and officially launched in November 2015 the fully equipped FTA is an extension of the successful Stitching Academy and includes a range of qualifications at Levels 1 to 5, which cover the technical skills within garment manufacturing including Stitching, Production and Pattern Cutting.
FEL is also one of the largest training providers of Advanced Apprenticeships at Levels 3, 4 and 5 within Apparel Manufacturing working with employers such as ASOS.com, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Debenhams, Jigsaw, Amazon and smaller brands such as N16 Vintage.
The FTA is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live Factory and Fashion Studio ensuring that learners gain exposure to real ‘Best of British’ manufacturing skills whilst training for their accredited qualifications. The Factories are based in Newtown Wales and Haringey London and have a leading status in the Fast Forward audit.
The FTA has been created to train a new generation of skilled workers to ensure that the UK apparel manufacturing sector continues to thrive.
The FTA regularly hosts educational visits from schools, colleges and universities along with CPD seminars for industry professionals to deepen knowledge and understanding of ethical and sustainable manufacturing techniques. Current clients for the Quality Licence Certified courses are Asda, ASOS.com, Primark and New Look.
In 2013 Fashion Enter was awarded The Tick Mark of Excellence by Creative Skillset for its training standards provision and is now an accredited Showcase Centre through awarding body Skills Education Group due to its high standard of excellence attained in training at all levels. FEL was Matrix accredited in 2018.
In 2019 the FTA expanded its training provision to include a Tailoring Academy supported by the GLA’s Good Growth Fund and Haringey Council.
In 2021 FEL was shortlisted by TES as one of the UK’s most outstanding adult training providers in the UK.
In 2021 FEL has expanded the FTA services to include Islington, Leicester and also Wales:
Islington – http://fcdesignerworkspace.co.uk/
All the tutors are industry trained and highly qualified in the teaching profession providing an excellent teaching provision that uses current work based skills that are state of the art and the latest industry standards. This includes the trail blazing technologies such as Kornit Digital ethical fabric printers Presto and Atlas machines and Zund cutting technologies.
Jenny Holloway CEO commented, “We welcome you to the growing training provision of skills development for fashion today and credit to our highly trained tutors of the FTA. Every designer, brand and retailer needs to understand how important the right technical skills are in garment manufacturing are today especially as there is a major move towards on shoring garment production now. We are here to help and support you in every way we can.”