4. Client: Creative Skillset / Technical Textiles Industry Project: Fashion & Textiles Higher Apprenticeship: Barriers and Resources research

NAS funding enabled Creative Skillset to allocate considerable resource into supporting the roll-out of the new Fashion & Textiles Higher Apprenticeship.  To ensure the correct resources were put into place, I was asked to undertake a research project.


This involved in-depth consultation with providers in England who has expressed an interest in delivering the new higher apprenticeship.   Current practice was identified and reviewed with focus on three areas.

  •  Brokerage
  • Learner Recruitment
  • Curriculum Development


Detailed feedback from each provider was analysed, identifying barriers to delivery and resources required to overcome these barriers. A forecast of potential take-up over 2013/2014 was also researched and identified.


The project resulted in a full report with conclusions and recommendations.  Where possible these recommendations were actioned and the higher apprenticeship is now delivered successfully in appropriate regions.


For testimonials linked to this case study the statement from Glenn Bascombe of creative Skillset on the Testimonials page


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