FCFTA Leicester Update: 19th January 2023

The latest from FCFTA Leicester

New Year – New opportunity to learn a new skill – FC Fashion Technology Academy Leicester is delighted to be able to offer FREE courses in 2023:

Enrolment is open for:



And all learners with have the opportunity to also take up the FREE opportunity in:


Deputy CEO Jackie Bertram said: “It’s great to be able to provide FREE courses to the people of Leicester. The Level 1 Award – in Fashion and Textiles is a great introduction into using industrial sewing machines. Then progression onto the Level 2 certificate expands into full garment construction. These courses are a great way to learn a new skill, whether its for your own personal development or for a new career pathway.”

UK Innovate – Circular Fashion Programme

Fashion-Enter Ltd would like to say a big thank-you to the amazing consortium that partnered with us in the UK Innovate – Recycling and Sorting demonstrator bid. What we achieved in a short space of time is quite incredible – such an innovative team has been created. This was the initial activity of a £15million UKRI Circular fashion programme. As this is the first time we have led on UKRI Programme, there has been a lot to learn and although not successful this time – the feedback that UKI have agreed to provide will make us stronger for the second round. Exciting times ahead.

Dunelm – Apprenticeships

FCFTA Leicester is delighted to be embarking on delivering apprenticeship programmes with Dunelm. Dunelm are based in Syston, Leicestershire and have a factory close by. FCFTA will be providing Level 2 Sewing Machine apprenticeships at their factory for February 2023. This will coincide with National Apprenticeship Week that runs from 9th – 13th of February 2023. Jackie said: “It’s great to start working with some local Leicester retailers and manufacturers. Apprenticeships are a great way to provide growth to staff and provide opportunites to new people. FTA Leicester are also working with Next to deliver Level 4 Product Technology apprenticeships.”

Rent Our Space and Equipment

At the FCFTA Leicester we have a state-of-the-art, fully equipped space that can be rented from £5 per hour, £25 per day and £100 per week. Whether you are developing your own collection or working on a personal project our Academy has all the industrial machines, cutting tables, mannequins and equipment to make your designs into 3D reality.

Contact: divya@fashion-enter.com for availability.