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HoF and Arcadia in talks to join apprenticeship scheme

Arcadia Group and department store chain House of Fraser are in talks with not-for-profit organisation Fashion Enter to join its apprenticeship scheme as it expands its production facilities.

Fashion Enter is in “deep talks” with both businesses about enrolling roughly 10 staff from each onto the scheme. The apprentices would spend one day a week with Fashion Enter and four with their employer.

The 18-month Fashion and Textiles Apparel Apprenticeship, launched in February, covers skills from pattern cutting and stitching to machinery and production control. Staff from etailer Asos and womenswear label Ruby Rocks have already enrolled.

Last week, Fashion Enter opened a second manufacturing facility, The Fashion Studio, in response to growing demand for British-made fashion. The facility, at the University of East London in Newham, will make garments from scratch, producing showroom samples and toiles, with plans to eventually produce 3,000 garments a week. Current customers at Fashion Enter’s original factory in Haringey, north London, include Asos and John Lewis.

Fashion Enter director Jenny Holloway said she hoped to increase The Fashion Studio’s employees from seven to 25 by the end of the year.

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