Derbyshire womenswear etailer and manufacturer David Nieper has created two postgraduate courses at Nottingham Trent University to equip fashion students with business and management skills.
A postgraduate course called Fashion Means Business and a Masters in International Fashion begin this September. Altogether up to 15 places will be available. The courses will incorporate a placement at a fashion or textiles business in the East Midlands.
The initiative has been developed by the David Nieper Academy, which the company created to run training programmes to make students more employable, while creating a people resource for local small to medium-sized businesses.
David Nieper Academy director Juliet Williams said: “It started off quite selfishly, because we needed the skills resource, but we are now co-operating with other local businesses that also need it.”
The David Nieper Academy is also planning to launch an online portal early next year, which aims to be a one-stop-shop for students, teachers and employers seeking training opportunities. David Nieper designs, manufactures and sells womenswear and nightwear aimed at 40 to 60-year-olds.