Joshua Ellis is a proud participant in the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ Entry to Work scheme. Having previously had great success in employing Design & Sales Assistant Charlotte Knowles, the company was keen to take up this opportunity again.
Managing Director Jayne Woodthorpe and this year’s entry to work graduates Nicola Costello and Towera Ridley were invited to speak about their experience of the scheme at the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ prestigious annual Awards Lunch at Saddler’s Hall in London.
Jayne Woodthorpe focused on the benefits of bringing in a fresh perspective and a younger generation with a different skill set.
“Offering industrial placements means we have been able to grow our infrastructure through letting graduates learn something of the commercial sales and design world, find their feet and learn on the job. This scheme works so well giving these young people a step up into industry and the opportunity to prove themselves to prospective employers, which can only help support the future of our British textile industry.”
Nicola and Towera spoke about the advantages the scheme offers to the graduate participants. Nicola considers the opportunity to have been:
“a great way to gain first-hand experience within the textile industry and something that, for a new graduate, is highly valued.”
Towera added that:
“the recommendations from the Weavers’ Company were at least as valuable as the grant – without this first connection, it is difficult to imagine finding placements like this so soon after graduating. We both feel very fortunate to have found such a great place to start our careers within the textile industry.”
Keynote speaker Stella Tennant reinforced the message to the textile and fashion industries to continue to support young talent, drawing on her own experience of starting out as a model. Stella’s glittering career as model and fashion icon, working for global brands such as Chanel and Burberry, is testament to what can be achieved when young talent is given the opportunity to shine.