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.
BFC X PFAFF The Sewing Machine Project
The BFC have joined forces with PFAFF Sewing machines to give sewing machines to the BFC scholars and BFC Colleges Council students for the duration of their studies.
For students, this could be a moment of crisis, especially those unable to find employment to subsidise their education, or those whose parents suddenly face unemployment due to Covid-19 cuts. Covid-19 jeopardised the education of fashion students who faced making their collections with limited access to the university and their equipment as well as missing out on the creative connections and opportunities of university life.
As we start to imagine beyond the pandemic, this initiative is to support disadvantaged students in the wake of Covid-19, and to combat the effects it’s had on fashion students potentially facing financial difficulty through college fees and the cost of living, and who may otherwise not be able to afford machinery.
Learn more about PFAFF here.