23 June 2016

A brand new website, Bespoke Apprentice, has been launched to help potential apprentices and employers to explore the opportunities available through fashion and textiles apprenticeships.

The website, which has been developed by the Savile Row Bespoke Association (SRBA), offers information to trainees to help them find out more about training in bespoke cutting and tailoring. This includes interviews with current apprentices as well as more general information about what an apprenticeship is and the progression routes available.

The website also contains information about best practice, events, places where qualifications can be studied, and how to employ an apprentice, making it a useful resource for employers in the industry.

The SRBA has recently collaborated with ABC Awards to develop the Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring, which can be used to form the demonstrative element of the new Level 5 Bespoke Tailoring Apprenticeship Standard.

Su, from the Savile Row Bespoke Association, said:

“The Bespoke Apprentice website has been developed to provide a platform for young tailors and cutters in UK companies to share experiences, display exhibition work – for example The Golden Shears competition – and also to provide information to anyone considering a career in the industry.

“The trainee website provides important information on how a young person can progress through the different levels from pre-apprenticeship through to a higher level with links to relevant colleges and organisations.

“There are invaluable insights into how companies operate and how best practice can be shared.  We hope that the creation of this new website will support growth of apprenticeships both within Savile Row and London but more importantly encourage growth across the UK.”

The website has been made possible by the CAPITB Trust, an independent charity which provides support and funding for people employed or about to be employed in the British clothing industry.

Visit the website at www.bespokeapprentice.com.