INTO FASHION WITH GEMMA METHERINGHAM In May’s IntoFashion masterclass, the lovely Gemma Metheringham shared her “I wish I’d known that!” list. After 17 years in different roles at Karen Millen
Sponsored by Trust for London the project supports graduates and college leavers aged 18-30, who are stuck in low-paid, entry level employment with limited prospects of career progression.
Monthly masterclasses, mentoring and industry ‘speed dating’ events equip young people with the skills, confidence and networks they need to move into better-paid, more fulfilling and sustainable careers.
According to research commissioned by Trust for London, 1 in 5 jobs in London are low paid (below the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour), with over 50% of working 16-24 year olds paid below the London Living Wage.
FAD has witnessed how long-term, poorly paid work placements remain one of the biggest barriers to young people from low-income backgrounds trying to make it in the creative industries. With no financial support they are ‘locked’ out of doing work placements and unable to gain experience to compete in the jobs market. Instead they opt to take entry level employment within retail, bar work or catering just to ‘pay the rent’.
“INTO Fashion is about giving a fair chance to young people from all walks of life. For the past 15 years FAD has supported young people, especially those from low income and minority backgrounds, into higher education and creative careers. This next step will see us campaign for greater diversity and progression for these young people within the fashion industry.” Maria Alvarez, FAD CEO
Working alongside independent industry mentors from companies such as River Island, Karen Millen and John Lewis FAD aims to raise awareness of the London Living Wage within the industry; encouraging brands to look to their own shop floors first to employ new talent; and help improve career progression for young, low paid workers in the industry.
Are you a graduate in need of support? Email email@example.com to join the INTO Fashion programme.
In conversation with Faith Robinson, Summit Producer at Decoded Fashion At April’s INTOFashion Masterclass, we were treated to a fascinating insight into how technology is changing fashion, design and retail