Budding designers in London are saying “We can do it!” in a bid to encourage young people to take up apprenticeships.

Apprentices at Fashion Factory, Fashion Enter, are part of a campaign to mark the opening of applications for Creative Skillset’s new higher level apprenticeship in fashion and textiles.

Kristen Lucas, 19, a current Fashion Enter apprentice said: “I am learning so much and it is opening my eyes to all the different careers available in the fashion industry, and I get to earn as I learn.

“Other young people should think about apprenticeships, not just in fashion, as the best option for work and getting skills.”

Fashion Enter is increasing its intake of apprentices following the success of its Made in Britain clothing label, which has allowed it to relocate to larger factory premises in Haringey, North London.

Jenny Holloway, managing director of Fashion Enter, said: “The higher level apprenticeship in fashion and textiles provides new and exciting opportunities for both the individual and the fashion industry.

“Apprenticeships are 100 per cent right for the current economic environment – employers need people that can do, and on the job training is invaluable to success.”

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