Bridgwater College receives four Creative Skillset Ticks for apprenticeship programmes

Bridgwater College’s Art, Design and Media department has recently received four Creative Skillset Ticks in recognition of its apprenticeship programmes, and its strong industry links with companies such as Sassi Holford and Mulberry; the College has 30 Leather Goods and Manufacture of Sewn Products Apprentices in these two companies alone. The Creative Skillset Tick is a quality mark of excellence for the creative industries and recognises high quality programmes, which in turn, deliver high quality, work-ready young people.

Sassi Holford, based in Taunton, was an early adopter of the apprenticeship scheme and currently has four Fashion & Textile apprentices who spent a full day being assessed at company premises before being offered their apprenticeships. During their time at the company, the four will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the dressmaking process, from cutting and hand- and machine-sewing, to finishing and quality control. They will also gain an understanding of the workings of the business and receive shop floor training.

Martin Jenkins, Managing Director of Sassi Holford, Taunton said, “We have become largely reliant on apprenticeships as our main mechanism of employment. Growing and learning as a company, often via the apprenticeship model, has also improved the ongoing training of our existing staff and that has to be a benefit to any business. All of our apprentices have been amazingly enthusiastic, and some just seem born to do this type of work, without having had any previous experience. When we meet that sort of person,  their potential shines out and we can tell they absolutely believe that an apprenticeship with Sassi Holford is the right thing for them.”