Companies that have struggled to recruit employees with the right knowledge and experience are investing in training programmes that teach everything from how to stitch a shoe to how to climb the corporate ladder.
Advancements in technology coupled with heightened expectations for fashion firms to be more diverse and sustainable are yielding a whole new set of skill deficits in areas like design and supply chain.
Fashion firms are creating their own college environments by partnering with existing schools to create curriculum and train students to match their organisations’ precise needs.
Regular workshops, cross-training and renewed investment in executive development programmes could address skills gaps among mid-to-senior level employees.
For junior and senior talent embarking on a new role or a promotion, BoF Careers distils advice from leading fashion professionals, recruiters and career coaches on how to navigate a new job in fashion.
On Tuesday, March 7 at 15:00 GMT / 10:00 EST, BoF’s Sheena Butler-Young and Sophie Soar will discuss how fashion talent — and employers — can better navigate the growing skills gap that exists at graduation, or that can crop up later in the pipeline.