Kennedy Scott Visits The FTA

On 25th July 2018 Sandy O’Meally, a Journey2Work case worker from Kennedy Scott, visited the Fashion Technology Academy. Kennedy Scott is a leading specialist provider of support to those with the greatest challenges to enter sustainable work and build new careers.

Sandy had previously worked for the National Career Service and has extensive knowledge when it comes to career development.  She now looks after a 40+ programme and has already referred a few learners to us! Sandy is looking into building a productive working relationship with us. We are currently in talks about setting up group workshops at Fashion Enter for CV writing and presentation skills.

The main courses are:

Perfect Patterns level 1 and 2: The level 1 course does not require previous experience. Within five weeks you will learn the fundamentals of pattern making: how to draft blocks and use them to create your patterns. You will practice taking standard and personal measurements and apply them to your patterns effectively. We will teach you using a range of methods and techniques including the unique Telestia system. The level 2 course will allow you to build on the knowledge from the level 1 and produce a range of valuable, in demand and technical pattern drafting and cutting skills within a ten week period. There are four units learners will be working towards and a writing assignment element also.

STITCHING Academy Level 1 and 2 – The level 1 Stitching course does not require previous experience. Within six weeks, you will learn how to make garments using an industrial sewing machines and how to operate them safely. The level 2 Stitching course will allow them to build on the knowledge from the level 2 and produce a more complex garment within a twelve week period. There are five units learners will be working towards and a writing assignment element also.

Progression opportunities from our level 2 courses would be joining a level 3 apprenticeship programme which is 18 months long and equivalent of two A levels. You would be required to work four days a week with an employer and one day train with us towards the qualification.

The FTA was set up by a grant from Haringey Council and a soft loan from and in line with recent CBI reports issued in July 2018 there is real optimism and confidence in the world of manufacturing today. 47% of manufacturers interviewed confirmed that their orders were up on the year compared to just 17% who said their orders were down.