Fashion retailer ASOS on board as fashion technology academy expansion is approved by Haringey Council
PUBLISHED: 15:37 16 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15 16 July 2014
Nearly 3,000 people will get to earn a fashion industry qualification with the help of online fashion retail giant ASOS after Haringey Council gave the go-ahead to the expansion of a fashion technology academy.
The pioneering academy has already given 50 young people the skills needed to break into the industry; now up to 3,000 people will get to earn an NVQ over the next five years after the council agreed to invest nearly £570,000 to overhaul its base in Harringay’s Hermitage Road.
The move comes on the back of the success of the pilot scheme, a collaboration between local firm Fashion Enter, the council and ASOS.
By 2019, the academy will have capacity for 1,620 training places per year, helping more people follow in the footsteps of graduates who set up their own businesses or found work at firms including ASOS and Marks & Spencer.
The project supports Haringey’s tradition as a hub for manufacturing, with Tottenham home to lace and silk manufacturers from the early 1800s. The borough has also seen a boom in small textile firms during the last few years; employment in fashion and textiles manufacturing increased by 15 per cent between 2009 and 2012, bucking the London-wide fall of 13 per cent.
Cllr Joe Goldberg, cabinet member for economic development, social inclusion and sustainability, said: “I’m proud that here in Haringey we are at the cutting edge of a fashion manufacturing boom, and we are equipping our residents with the skills they need to secure long-term employment.
“It’s exciting that projects like this that create jobs, apprenticeships and training in industries that capture the imagination of Haringey’s young talent are happening in our borough.”
The council has supported Fashion Enter for the last five years, funding its Stitch In Time training project, securing rate relief on its new factory and helping them apply for crucial funding.
Jenny Holloway, managing director of Fashion Enter, said: “Haringey will be at the very forefront of skills development with the fashion technology academy.
“With the return to on-shore garment manufacturing in the UK, Haringey will be the first in the country to offer real skills training, in all elements of fashion, from our factory at Crusader Estate.
“The fashion technology academy is in partnership with Haringey Council and asos.com – a real business partnership that will enable future generations to be trained in design and manufacturing.”