Councillor Charles Adje, Cabinet Member For Regeneration Visits The FTA

Today, 24th August, Councillor Charles Adje, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, visited the Fashion Technology Academy.

Councillor Charles Adje is one of the most powerful of the Haringey Council’s new Labour political administration. He is politically in charge of all the regeneration taking place in Haringey – including regeneration and economic development funding.

With this in mind the visit paid particular attention to the skills training development for local residents and how they have benefited from the training programmes at the Fashion Technology Academy.

CEO Jenny Holloway introduced the company before providing a guided tour around the factory and Fashion Technology Academy. Jenny also explained the latest development of the launch of the Tailoring Academy in February 2019 which aims to upskill and train 600 individuals a year.

During the tour Councillor Charles also met with three former apprentices who have gone on to launch successful careers in the industry following their training.

Marquel successfully completed the level 1 and 2 stitching academy before joining the level 3 apprenticeship programme. Following the 18 month programme he has now set up his own fashion label called Yodea and will be showcasing during LFW in September!

Amy completed the Level 3 apprenticeship and was immediately taken on my M&Co, she is now a junior garment technologist in jersey

Izzy worked at Marios Schwab during her apprenticeship and then spent a year in China as a menswear sample room assistant. She is now back in the UK and in a month will commence a masters in Fashion Business in Paris!

It was fantastic to meet with Councillor Charles and show him first-hand the opportunities we have for local residents in Haringey.

Jenny commented:

‘Thank you for coming to see us and for funding of the Fashion Technology Academy in 2015! Look what you have achieved! 136% increase in jobs in Haringey for garment manufacturing. The largest growth in London!’