The BFC's Education Pillar works to underpin the next generation of creative talent through a range of pioneering programmes and initiatives offering young people a comprehensive view of the industry combined with the support to help them realise their ability. After five years of building these programmes, spearheaded by relationships, collaborations and funding with the fashion industry and beyond, the framework aims to reach a young person at every level of education. The BFC encourages key industry players to promote the role of fashion education, inspiring creative leaders to give back to the next generation.
To ensure the growth and success of the British fashion industry, while supporting future talent, the BFC aims to attract, develop and retain innovation by:
Informing young people about the breadth of opportunities and careers available in the fashion industry.
Inspiring teenagers through the nationwide Fashion & Business Saturday Club programme.
Organising industry-focused events and competitions for the BFC Colleges Council.
Enabling talented individuals to pursue higher education through scholarship programmes funded by the BFC Education Foundation.
Developing a school-leaver apprenticeship as an alternative pathway into the industry.
Retaining talent post-education by offering graduate traineeships at British fashion houses.
ReBurberry Fabric is a pilot programme in partnership with BFC. Burberry will donate leftover fabrics to fashion students most in need across the country as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting creative communities. The BFC, through its Institute of Positive Fashion and Colleges Council, will oversee the logistics of the fabric donations, with shipments going to students throughout the UK.
Find out more about the various initiatives below.