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Fashion-Enter Ltd (Wales)

FEL is an award winning not for profit company that centres on excellence in manufacturing and training of fashion technical skills.

In August 2020 Fashion-Enter (FEL) opened a second factory in Newtown, Powys, in Mid Wales following the sad demise of the Laura Ashley manufacturing plant (Texplan) closure; over 75 experienced Welsh machinists have now been employed allowing FEL to supply a total of 30,000 garments a week.

The Newtown factory produces approximately 15,000 units a week for multinationals including N Brown, I Saw If First and ASOS.com as well as its own in-house homeware brand Spyce Jones featuring aprons, tea towels and oven gloves. During the pandemic the factory also provided PPE for luxury clothing brand Private White VC.

Located at the Royal Welsh Warehouse, known locally as the Pryce Jones building, both Laura Ashley and Pryce Jones are a part of the incredible garment production heritage in the area and FEL is thrilled to continue this manufacturing legacy. The landmark building is owned by the Potters Group of Welshpool, who have also invested in the building to facilitate its use by FEL.

FEL recognises the importance of the local community within Newtown and is delighted to have the support of the Welsh Government who provided grant support to buy the latest high spec of machinery for the factory as well as support from the ReAct program.

Future plans for Newtown are to increase local employment and invest in local skills levels by establishing a textile academy in Newtown over the coming months, as well as being committed to promoting good sustainability garment making practises, and reducing its own environmental impacts along with that of it's partners and clients.The site is currently being Fast Forward audited and has also signed up to the Code of Practice on ethical employment in supply chains.

Opportunities

ABC Awards Level 1 - Certificate in Fashion and Textiles

This is an eight week course. You will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch disciplines. The stitching techniques will provide the knowledge to review the different types of garment construction techniques used within industry, and also for upholstery and soft-toy making.

You will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch samples, measuring cutting and constructing a basic pattern, and learn to identify what is good and poor quality.

ABC Awards Level 2 - Certificate in Fashion and Textiles

The ABC Awards Level 2 Stitching Academy is a twelve week course which follows on from level 1. You will develop your skills further by using industrial specialist machines, review blocks and understand design principles.

By the end of the course you will have constructed a more tailored garment.

Level 2 Sewing Machinist Apprenticeship (Standard Level 2)

The Sewing Machinist Apprenticeship Standard is an 18 month course which provides a strong understanding of the role and skills of a Sewing Machinist and is practically based using a variety of industrial sewing machines. This can lead to excellent career prospects as their is a current shortage of skilled Sewing Machinists in the fashion and textiles industry due to the reshoring of garment production back to the UK.

This apprenticeship is made up of both formal learning on site at the Fashion Technology Academy and work-based learning with your employer. With the support of a training provider units can be selected to create a tailored training package suitable for the required role at your place of work.

Talk to us today!

Annabella Lewis
Senior Administrator

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