The FTA has the capacity to train over 1,000 people each year

The FTA has the capacity to train over 1,000 people each year

Aiming the address the skills shortage facing the UK garment manufacturing industry, not-for-profit social enterprise Fashion Enter has launched what it claims to be the country's first Fashion Technology Academy (FTA).

Based in a 5,000 sq ft unit in North London, the academy has the capacity to train over 1,000 people each year, helping them work towards qualifications in pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching.

Fashion Enter says it is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in UK to operate alongside a live factory environment, ensuring students gain exposure to real manufacturing while training for a Level 1 qualification. 

With a GBP500,000 (US$758,000) investment from Haringey Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the academy is equipped with pressing equipment, fusing boards, machine tools, CAD/CAM, and cutting benches. 

The move, Fashion Enter adds, is an extension of its successful Stitching Academy, a collaborative apprenticeship and training facility set up in partnership with online fashion retailer Asos.