FCFTA Leicester: Weekly Update 27th April 2022

Community Renewal Fund – Compliance Support 

As part of the CRF programme, Fashion-Enter are providing free compliance support to enrolled businesses. This is in the form of an 81 point check list and then a corrective action plan is prepared and shared with the business.

These reviews support a business to get ready for an audit and have been extremely well received. For some businesses this is just a good way to have a health check and make sure they are still on the correct compliance journey.

TJ – Compliance Manager comments: “It’s great to be back in Leicester this week supporting more factories, this will continue weekly throughout April and May as we offer this support the businesses who are enrolled on the Community Renewal Fund.” 

Fashion Revolution 

Great to see our Leicester factories showing their support of this annual campaign;  Print a Print and Barcode Design leading the way!

Dorcas Dress Project

Thank-you to Maria  Skoyles for inviting Fashion Technology Academy to attend the launch of Dorcas Dress project at John Lewis in Leicester on Thursday 21st April.

Dorcas Dress Project is a UK registered Charity, that work around the world helping people in poverty situations set up enterprise opportunities using their specially designed size adjustable dress that can be worn through all seasons. The design means it can be made in remote parts of the world as only uses a straight stitch sewing machine. It has no zips, buttons or other fastenings. This means the dress can be made in remote parts of the world where access to resources and electricity can be difficult.

Dorcas have teamed up with a Leicester Manufacturer – DeNovo Apparel (who are part of the CRF Programme). They  have made the dresses in recycled polyester fabric in their Leicester factory. DeNovo are supporting their workers through offering English speaking classes and this project is also supporting garment workers in Leicester by providing evening English speaking classes for them and their families.

The dresses were styled by Fashion Communication and Styling students from De Montfort University.

Jackie Manager FCFTA: “It’s fantastic to see a project that can improve the lives of women globally and that positively improves the lives of garment workers and their families. 

The garment workers in Leicester are multi-cultural and English is often not their first language – great to see Denovo apparel providing English lessons for their workforce.” 

Level 1 Award in Workers Rights and Labour Exploitation

At FCFTA Leicester this week we have continued to  deliver SEG ABC Level 1 Award in Workers Rights and Labour Exploitation.

This course covers such essential topics to allow the learner to understand their rights in the workplace covering such areas as how to apply for jobs safely, national minimum wage, holiday pay and reading payslips. The learners are also taught how to identify the main sights of modern slavery and labour exploitation.

These courses can be delivered in the academy or in a factory/office environment.

Please contact Jackie@Fashion-Enter.com if you would like to now more about this course and qualification.

Apprenticeships on Offer in Leicester

We have three positions available for Fashion Studio Apprentices with three Leicester based factories. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the creative side of fashion this could provide you with an earn while you learn opportunity. Tap here to view the apprenticeships and to apply.