Volunteer Centre Hackney And Hackney Works

On 27th March 2018 Fashion Enter visited the headquarters of Hackney works, a free employment support Service for Hackney residents to help them achieve their goals.

Esme was invited by Caroline Modest, project manager at the Woodberry Down hub, to do a presentation during a staff meeting chaired by Emma Pilling.  One learner had been previously referred by Caroline, who felt that coming to talk to the team would be beneficial to capture more referrals and opportunities.

Esme discussed the eligibility criteria to join the Fashion Technology Academy programmes and answered questions in regards to the long term impact gaining technical skills has overall on an individual.


Another provider who was presenting was Lauren Tobias, Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Hackney. VCH aims to improve employment outcomes, build social cohesion, boost mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation by working in partnership with organisations and local people, facilitating the bridging of division across communities.


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 asos.com 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.

The FTA opens their doors to all local providers and social interest groups that want to upskill their attendees. Haringey is undertaking a major transformation and Fashion Enter is proud to be part of the regeneration of Haringey Council.