Derbyshire etailer and manufacturer David Nieper has launched a £3,000 industry scholarship with Nottingham Trent University.
The David Nieper fashion design scholarship provides financial support and promotes British design and manufacture to students.
The aim is to provide “real-life industry experience” to help secure employment once they graduate and to show the “viability” of fashion design and manufacture in the UK.
A competition to design garments with “British Flair” for women over the age of 40 has resulted in a shortlist of 10 students being selected. The winner will be announced later this year.
David Nieper managing director Christopher Nieper said he hoped the scholarship would “encourage young British talent”.
He added: “The future of British fashion is in their hands so it is very important to showcase the importance and quality of local manufacturing to both the fashion industry and British jobs.”
David Nieper is a member of the Drapers SOS for Skills campaign.