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A new fashion studio assistant apprenticeship has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute).
Coinciding with the opening of this season’s London Fashion Week, the launch of the course marks the 400th new apprenticeship approved for use, and has been developed by employers from across the UK fashion industry, with the British Fashion Council providing the secretariat.
“We are delighted to be launching the apprenticeship for fashion studio assistant, the 400th new government apprenticeship,” Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said in a statement. “Inspiring more young people to work in the creative industries without necessarily having to take the university route will help to ensure that the fashion industry continues to attract the best talent.”
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Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute, added: “We are delighted to have supported employers from across the fashion industry to develop this exciting new apprenticeship. The Institute has worked hard to make the approvals process more efficient and it is great news that the 400th standard has been approved.”
Commenting on the news in a statement, education secretary, Damian Hinds said that “we are seeing the apprenticeship system in this country come of age”, as more and more employers are beginning to see the benefits apprenticeships can bring.
He added: “We are transforming apprenticeships – making them longer, with more on the job training and – crucially – being designed by business. This means that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to a high-quality qualification that will truly give them the skills they need to thrive in the workplace.
In January, the Government launched a new campaign, called #FireItUp, which aims to promote apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers.
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