A new Fashion & Textiles Product Technologist apprenticeship standard is now approved and suitable for companies wishing to train footwear technologists.
This follows negotiation with the garment industry by BFA, and we are immensely grateful to the employers on the garment technology Trailblazer group who allowed us an 11th hour intervention.
BFA is working to support the provision of training for this key role.
The online standard is crucial reading for any employer wishing to train a footwear technologist www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/fashion-and-textiles-product-technologist. The weblink also contains a link to the crucial end point assessment plan, which the apprentice will have to undertake at the end of the two year training period.
There are two training providers interested to deliver this training. Bridgewater College (South West and London) and Fashion Capital (London).
Bridgewater already have some interest from employers in footwear and the employer contact is VASSALLICOLLARDM@btc.ac.uk
Fashion Capital have long worked with retailers in the area of garment technology and are interested to expand into footwear technology, subject to achieving a viable cohort size. The contact is Jenny Holloway at email@example.com
Members may contact BFA Training Manager Jayne West for one to one advice firstname.lastname@example.org