Jo Price - Apprenticeship Tutor

Name and course? My name is Jo Price and I am the senior lecturer on the apprenticeships programme
What is your background?
My degree was in fashion design and I studied at Nottingham Trent University. Once graduating I initially worked with small fashion companies as the design room assistant. I moved into teaching in 2001 and have been doing that ever since. I was at Barking & Dagenham College for 12 years teaching on the levels 2 and 3 fashion programmes and I taught a range of skills such as research, contextual studies, design, pattern cutting, garment construction, fashion illustration and textiles techniques.
Areas of expertise?
I consider myself very knowledgeable in many areas of fashion as I know how to create a block; pattern cut and construct a garment. I am also very knowledgeable of the manufacturing processes that go into producing garments at a larger scale.
Why do you teach?
I had not planned to be a teacher but it was something that I fell into 17 years ago and realised I was quite good. I love to pass my skills onto others and inspire them to become experts in their chosen field with in the fashion industry. Seeing my students grow and progress at all levels leaves me feeling inspired.
Why should anyone go on your course?
Because it is a fantastic way of getting into the fashion industry. Apprenticeships give you the skills and knowledge to be garment technicians, sample technicians, machinist, tailors or pattern cutters which are essential job roles that are needed in the fashion industry. Many of our apprentices walk into jobs once they complete their programme.
What do you hope for your learners?
Firstly, I hope they are satisfied with the course that they complete and I want every single one of them to be the best they can possibly be in the area of fashion they desire to work in.
What do you do when you are not teaching?
I have a small studio space and in my own time I keep refreshing my skills by pattern cutting and making garments and accessories. I am inspired by many things so visiting fabric shops, exhibitions, vintage markets and even walking in nature gives me inspiration to be creative.