The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has launched a new programme with universities to coach fashion graduates in the business side of the industry.
The programme will consist of seminars offering support and advice in launching a start-up business, as well as covering topics such as intellectual property, trade shows and emerging markets.
Aimed at final year BA and MA students studying courses from Fashion Design to Merchandising and Buying, the programme will first be introduced into Leeds College of Art, the University of Westminster and GCU London this autumn. Following this, UKFT has further plans to expand the programme into other interested institutions.
UKFT chief executive John Miln said: “UKFT is committed to helping and inspiring the next generation of our industry. It is more difficult than ever to get your first break into the industry but the great new talent emerging in our industry shows that the skills are there, they just need nurturing.”
He added: “Often the most creative minds do not have natural business skills or the experience required and this is where we can help and support them, helping them to avoid the pitfalls as they get started.”
Earlier this year, UKFT launched its manifesto, in which it pledged to campaign to help fashion and textile graduates transform their creative talents into commercial success. It also launched UKFT rise, a networking scheme for under-35s working throughout the fashion industry.