Happy 3rd Birthday FTA!
The Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) is now three-years-old.
Since setting up The Factory in 2010, CEO Jenny Holloway soon realized how vast the skills shortage in production in the UK was which led to the development of the Stitching Academy followed by Fashion Technology Academy which opened in October 2015.
“It was clear that Stitching was only one part of the skills shortage. We needed patterns, CAD, Cutting, Quality Control and hence another conversation with ASOS and Nick Beighton!
“ASOS.com supported our bid for the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) with Haringey Council and provided match funding by way of a soft loan. Without ASOS we could not have opened the FTA. Now we are offering qualifications from Level 1 -5 and we are about to open the Tailoring Academy too – there is no way I can go back to ASOS here! They have already been so generous so we are looking into ways of making the Tailoring Academy work with a range of partners.
“ASOS have proven that supplier relationships can work when both sides work as one. Nick Beighton has become a friend a mentor and he will always, always have my personal loyalty and gratitude. He is definitely one of the good guys!”
With the Tailoring Academy due to open early next year (2019) the aim is to ensure ongoing training for the next generation of skilled production workers. Onwards and upwards for training and production skills in the UK.