Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

'If you're going to take on an apprentice…rest assured’

Industry view from John West, Development manager at sector skills council Creative Skillset.

Last year I found myself drawn into the world of reality TV.

The mission: to hire seven apprentices to make Mary Portas’s new underwear range, Kinky Knickers.

Creative Skillset’s priority was that the people employed would attain nationally recognised qualifications. With this in mind, all new employees have received training through the Creative Skillset Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles, delivered by Key Training. This apprenticeship has been developed to allow businesses to shape the development of their new recruits to their business needs.

I helped advise on the attributes that interviewers should be looking for in the candidates, as well as sitting on the panel itself. We brokered the relationship between Headen & Quarmby and Key Training, and advised on how

the apprenticeship should be structured. Our people were also on hand on the day to provide every applicant with advice on working in the industry.

Mary’s Bottom Line highlights the importance of filling the emerging skills gap in our industries with new talent because fashion and textiles manufacturing in Britain has an ageing workforce.

If you’re going to take on an apprentice, but are worried about the financial implications, rest assured. The assistance provided by government equals around £10,000 worth of training per apprentice. There is government funding of up to £1,500 for small companies to help subsidise wages.

Find out everything you need to know about hiring an apprentice at www.creativeskillset.org/fashionapprenticeship

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.