23.01.2019

Mountain Warehouse First Stage Interviews!

On 23rd January Mountain Warehouse hosted an assessment day at The Factory to recruit for their first garment technologist apprentice.

Mountain Warehouse, founded in 1997 recently announced their figures and bucking the current dismal high street loss’s and closures of stores, revenues had climbed 12% to £84.7million in 13 weeks and they continue to open new stores across the UK and internationally.

Looking to expand their garment tech department they approached the Fashion Technology Academy to recruit an apprentice that would join the 18 month Level 3 programme where they spend four days a week with their employer and one day a week training for the qualification.

MW produce a wide range of clothing including menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and equipment including ski gear, camping and sportswear. The apprentice role would involve working closely alongside senior garment technologists and buyers to contribute to the improvement of their product quality and development – a fantastic opportunity for the right person!

After hundreds of applications we selected five candidates to attend the first stage assessment at the Factory with the team from MW. The candidates were put through their paces and after listening to presentations on who Mountain Warehouse is, what the apprenticeship programme entails and the role of a garment technologist they were set practical group tasks, a maths test and a one to one interview.

The group task was assessed by the team to see who had strong communication skills, who thought practically and logically and who presented back to the group confidently. The task was to think of themselves as technologists for NASA and design a new Mars Rover. They were provided with empty cartons, cardboard, paper, string and glue and worked together in teams to discuss how they would approach the design, and what they should consider in terms of functionality rather than how pretty it looks! A great task for budding technologists!

Following the task each candidate had the opportunity to talk about their experience so far, why they think they are right for the role and what attracted them to Mountain Warehouse in a one to one interview.

Overall a fantastic session with some very promising candidates! Second stage interviews will now take place next week at MW offices. Watch this space to meet the chosen apprentice.

Following the assessment day, Emmaline, Quality, CSR & Compliance Manager at Mountain Warehouse commented: 

'Such a great programme and opportunity, I would highly recommend Fashion Enter for anyone considering a fashion related apprentice programme.'

Following the assessment day Mountain Warehouse confirmed they would like to take on Gabby Howell as their garment technologist apprentice. Huge well done to Gabby who did fantastic in the interviews, Gabby has since commented:

'I have recently started my apprenticeship with Fashion Enter and I can’t thank them enough. Before my interview, I was very nervous and asked over 100 questions which all got responded to quickly with help and advice. There was two interview stages and after the first one, with the help of fashion enter, I was very confident going into the second. Every stage of the process was helped by Fashion Enter. All I can say is what an amazing factory it is, very helpful and welcoming. I have never gone to a workplace that is so diverse and welcoming. I couldn’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to become a garment technologist and I can’t recommend them more. Thank you so much.'