Newham College at the Heart of East London's Fashion District

East London’s Fashion District has been established to create a world-leading hub for fashion education, design and innovation. Newham College has partnered with businesses, investors and other organisations to develop the district, which is set to make east London the global capital of fashion technology.

The district, which launched on Monday 10th September 2018 will drive growth in creative industries and skills, generating more than 15,000 new fashion jobs in east London. Newham College is supporting aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to the region.

Fashion District sites located in East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Haringey and Poplar, will improve skills and training, introduce new jobs and the provide affordable workspaces. This will transform London’s fashion industry, which is now worth £1.4bn to the east London economy and has seen a rise of more than 10,000 fashion jobs in east London between 2010 and 2015.

Plans for the Fashion District will build on a long history of fashion manufacturing and legacy in East London to ensure that the area is recognised for fashion education, design, business and technology. Twenty-three percent of the capital’s fashion enterprises and employment opportunities are currently based in east London. The Fashion District will develop this through training and technology for fashion production – 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics – and design software.

Plans for the Fashion District will:

• Ensure local people develop the production and technical skills that meet industry requirements - in the next five years, fashion businesses will need to recruit for up to 60,000 vacancies.

• Help local young Londoners into the fashion industry with more than 2,000 training opportunities and 100 apprenticeship opportunities.

• Develop new manufacturing space and studios

• Stimulate innovation, provide business support and access to fashion technology – including 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics and design software.

This brand-new approach comes as the result of an innovative collaboration by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, the British Fashion Council (BFC), UK Fashion and Textiles, the Mayor of London, London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC), Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, Poplar HARCA, The Trampery, Fashion Enter, Here East, Newham College, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

The Fashion District model for developing fashion skills in east London will create a talent pipeline so that the fashion industry can access the skilled workforce it needs to thrive, and east Londoners can develop great careers in fashion. This is a pivotal moment in east London for training providers 
Paul Stephen Newham College Principal & Chief Executive


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