FTA Leicester Update – 25th January 2023

FCFTA Leicester is delighted to be able to offer FREE Qualifications in Level 1 and Level 2 certificate in Fashion and Textiles

This is a great opportunity for people in Leicester to learn how to use industrial sewing machines, how to inspect garments and advance onto full garment making. 

Level 1 award is great for beginners and is 120 GLH 6-weeks 

Level 2 certificate is 240 GKH and 12-weeks and is aimed at those that can confidently use a machine and want to upskill and progress their careers. 

One of the areas Jackie, Deputy CEO, discussed was the importance of IAG (Initial Advice and Guidance) to the students that join Leicester Fashion Technology Academy. Jackie commented: “We are so careful to select the right people for our courses and there needs to be that commitment to excelling and being reliable with attendance. We screen carefully by having open days and meet everyone individually on site. We do check the eligibility to ensure that each person can legitimately join the course.
“We also give the would-be-learner a chance to have a go on the machines and use them for simple tasks, and again this is to ensure that they are on the right course and have the right level of course. We have had excellent results for our first year of opening with 100% completion rate for Level 1. We will start Level 2 in March this year and we shall ensure the same high standards of IAG, mid IAG and Exit IAG are all catered for.” 
Studio Rental – Call out to all garment makers and entrepreneurs

 Are you keen to start your own brand or make your own clothes? Do you have a desire to upcycle your clothes rather than buy new?

FCFTA Leicester has space available to rent – this includes full use of industrial machines, mannequins, cutting table and pressers. 

£5 an hour, £25 a day or £100 a week 

There is also an extensive library of end-of-roll fabrics that can be purchased at low prices. 

One week garment making course 

For those that are keen to learn the principles of making garments but do not have the time available to do the qualification  FCFTA can offer a 1-week Introduction to garment making and Industrial sewing for £100 including tutoring. 

To take advantage of these fantastic offers please do get in contact with: divya@fashion-enter.com    


New Students – Level 2 Certificate in Industrial Sewing 

Great to welcome back some of our previous Level 1 students to FCFTA Leicester to start their Level 2 certificate in fashion and textiles. 


In this Level 2 Certificate learners cover 5 units worth 25 credits each: 

  • Introduction to tailoring 
  • Handcrafted tailoring techniques 
  • Relating fabrics to style and planning lays
  • Industrial garment construction
  • Soft furnishings


SEG – Skills and Education Group Academy Visit

Deputy CEO Jackie said: “It was great to catch up with Kaye Jackson – Head of Relationship Management at Skills and Education Group at FCFTA Leicester this week.  The Skills and Education Group are a fantastic partner and it’s great to have the opportunity to discuss our plans for this year  and opportunities on curriculum, delivery and partnership routes.”


TSA – PPE Repair Workshop at FCFTA Leicester  – 1st & 2nd Feb


FCFTA Leicester is delighted to be welcoming TSA (Technical Services Association) to a 2-day workshop. 

This workshop has been created by Fashion-Enter and TSA to support the repair of PPE and workwear, in many cases some garments are too damaged to repair and there is a degree of wear and tear. This course will support learners to make decisions on if a garment is repairable and then how to carry out the repair. 

Jackie said: “It’s great to be able to support TSA on this workshop. The class of 10 will be able to get hands-on repair practice along with talks from industry experts.”

If you would like to book FCFTA Leicester for a workshop or Technical Residency please do get in touch: jackie@fashion-enter.com