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ASOS Stitching Academy launched in Hermitage Road, Harringay
A unique fashion academy which will help hundreds of teenagers find jobs was officially opened yesterday.
ASOS Stitching Academy, in Hermitage Road, Harringay, will give school leavers in the area the chance to learn the skills they need to start a fashion apprenticeship.
The college has been set up by ASOS and local manufacturer Fashion Enter.
Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban said: “I’m determined to give youngsters all the help they need to kick-start their careers so it’s good news ASOS are on board to give them a hand.
“British fashion is world famous so it is a great opportunity for aspirational teenagers to get their foot in the door of an exciting industry.”
It was launched after a report showed 15 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds in Haringey were unemployed or not in education.
Sukhie Dillon, partnership manager at Haringey’s job centre, said: “It is all about taking small steps to eradicate unemployment and this new college is definitely a step in the right direction.
“People lack skills so this will help bridge the gap. It’s all about trying to drive unemployment out of the borough.”
The scheme will see 120 people complete a qualification in stitching skills in six-week apprenticeships with at least 40 going on to jobs, further education or apprenticeships.
Portfolio holder for employment, Joe Goldberg, said: “There is a big youth unemployment issue in Haringey and this is one way to tackle that.
“We do what we can to stimulate growth. We are committed to backing opportunities like this for apprenticeships and training in the borough.”
The college is supported by Haringey Borough Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Former art and needlework student Valerie Lindsay, 49, said she had been unemployed for a while before the job centre suggested she enrol at the college.
She said: “I had worked for agencies on and off but found it difficult to get to work. Without the stitching academy, I would still be looking.
“The course has given me an opening into the industry – it’s great it is open to all groups. I am hoping it will point me in the right direction for a job.”
Jenny Holloway, managing director of Fashion Enter, said: “This could place Haringey at the heart of a ‘made in Britain’ revolution.”
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