FCFTA Leicester: Weekly Update 3rd May 2022

Boohoo & Fashion-Enter – Partner to offer Apprenticeships and Workers’ Rights Support

Boohoo’s Agenda for Change (A4C) transformation programme has been declared a success as the group has met its targets. Sir Brian Leveson’s fifth and final report published in March. Fashion-Enter and FCFTA (Leicester) are mentioned as we are supporting Boohoo with: 

  • Apprenticeships 

With the assistance of £85,000 from boohoo’s apprenticeship levy, up to 10 individuals from the local area (chosen, selected and placed with apprenticeships by Fashion-Enter) will have the opportunity to undertake either a Level 3 Fashion Studio assistant course or a Level 4 Product Technologist course. The only stipulation that boohoo has made is that the candidates must be local and, where possible, should have previously been prevented from undertaking further education qualifications due to personal financial circumstances.

Current  apprenticeship vacancies include: 




  • Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation 

During 2022, Fashion-Enter will deliver Workers Rights NCVQ L1 training to all employees in 10% of the boohoo group’s Leicester supply chain.

FCFTA (Leicester) manager Jackie comments: “Very much looking forward to delivering the Workers Rights’ and Labour Exploitation course in boohoo’s Leicester Factories. We have been providing these courses FREE to companies that are in the Community Renewal Programme and they have been so well received. Therefore it’s great that boohoo want to roll this out further.”

WEA and Women 4 Change Visit the Academy 

It was great to welcome Nusrat and Deborah Walsh  for WEA & Farhiyo Abdi from Women 4 Change to the academy on Friday 29th April. 

The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a leading charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities.

It focuses on empowering adults by bringing great teaching to local communities across England and Scotland, reaching tens of thousands of students each year.

The skills learnt can help learners enter or re-enter the job market, or to progress in their career. This visit to the academy was a great opportunity to discuss the textile courses we have available that would complement the courses already delivered by WEA.  

Women 4 Change is a local non-profit organisation that supports families in the St Matthews area of Leicester, which has a high mix of Somali residents. Farhiyo is keen to promote Level 1 stitching courses to Women in St Matthews. 

Jackie said: “ It was great to meet Nusrat, Debbie and Farhiyo, there is lots of opportunity for us to work together to support the communities in Leicester. The skills that we can provide at the Fashion Technology Academy will complement the courses that WEA already provide. We are currently enrolling for Level 1 stitching and would welcome referrals from both WEA and Women4 Change.”

Celebrate EID at the Academy 

To our learners and colleagues and their families Eid Mubarak. 

Level 1 Stitching Learner 

Cynthia is in the final weeks of completing her Level 1 Award in stitching. UK Pique have a vacancy for a draw threader. A draw threader is an employee who separates knitted garments by removing the draw thread. Eye for detail, patience and agility are required to do this role. 

Cynthia has been given the opportunity to practice here at the academy, this is a great way to support local businesses with skills and support our learners – by matching people with the right jobs and giving them the environment to practice at their own pace. Fingers crossed for Cynthia! 

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