FCFTA Leicester: Weekly Update 18th May 2022


On Wednesday 12th May we welcomed Farhiyo from Women4Change to the Academy and she brought along some fantastic women to enrol on Level 1 stitching. 

The energy they brought with them was amazing – and we are delighted to engage with a new organisation. 

FCFTA Manager Jackie said: “It’s great to make this connection with Farhiyo Abdi, we are currently able to offer this course Free as funded by Community Renewal Fund. I look forward to more collaborations with Women 4 Change.”

Apprenticeship ALERT – IN Leicester 

We have three fantastic apprenticeships available In Leicester. These are a great way to earn while you learn. 

Each apprentice role is slightly different:  

Barcode Design – Product Development: https://fcfta.com/job/barcode-design-fashion-studio-apprentice

Shahtex – Design Assistant: https://fcfta.com/job/fashion-studio-apprentice-with-shahtex

T Shirt Company – Merchandise Assistant: https://fcfta.com/job/fashion-studio-apprentice-2

Not only will you get valuable work experience you will also have 1 day a week at the FCFTA in Leicester working towards a Level 3 Diploma as Fashion Studio Assistant. 

These apprentice roles are funded FREE by boohoo – to make the most of this opportunity please send your CV to: Education@Fashion-Enter.com 


On Friday 14th May FCFTA visited Business2Business in Leicester to meet some potential new Level 1 stitching learners. 

The restart scheme is to support those that have been unemployed for 12-18 months and works with them to support them find a new career pathway. Level 1 stitching is great way to explore new opportunities

Level 1 stitching has been funded FREE by the Community Renewal Fund and really is supporting the local community with skills and employment opportunities. 

Jackie commented: “Often, people just want to explore what jobs and pathways are available to them. The Academy allows people to dip their toe in the water and see if a career in garment and textiles is right for them. It was a pleasure to meet Bhav and look forward to working with Business2business in the future.”

Thank-you to Envy Collections

Sheezad Valli from Envy Collections kindly donated some cut garment pieces to the Academy. These are overages and are a great way for our learners to practice on cut garment shapes.

Raisabanu put her skills to the test and completed the garment in record time.

These donations are greatly received as they support our learners with upskilling and vital practice, therefore preparing them further for a career in a garment factory.

16th June – Leicester Event

Leicester Meet & Greet – Come and meet Leicester’s vibrant textile and garment makers. 

To find out more and book your place tap here.