WHAT IS THE GRADUATE FASHION FOUNDATION PROTÉGÉ PROJECT?
The Graduate Fashion Foundation Protégé Project is a scheme especially created to provide continual support for 20+ graduates of the Graduate Fashion Week event, which showcases each June. The mentoring programme aims to provide support as they enter into the fashion industry, by pairing them with a long term highly skilled industry mentor.
The mentoring panel for The Graduate Fashion Foundation Protégé Project, is comprised up of volunteer executive professionals from the fashion industry, within areas such as retail, design, manufacturing, business management, PR, media, marketing, legal and recruitment.
Graduates will have access to their mentor for two years starting from November each year and will meet in person for in depth mentoring sessions seasonally, approximately every four months.
“I am really happy to support the graduate fashion FOUNDATION mentoring initiative, and through this help support talented graduates get a start in the industry.”
Mentoring and Chair of The Protégé Project, Gemma Metheringham, Creative Director of LABLE/MIX at Next
Following Graduate Fashion Week in June 18, many of the graduates will embark on their future career straight after graduation, often being snapped up by top employers. Being a young graduate can be very exciting time but one that can also be challenging and daunting, requiring ability to adapt to new working environments and different demands.
This is an important period for our graduates who are going through a big transition from study to employment and having a mentor can mean huge opportunity for their continual growth either into the industry or as they launch their own brand.
Graduate Fashion Foundation strongly believes that with the mentoring programme, together with our dedicated mentors we can improve the experience of our talented graduates, helping them along the way towards achieving successful careers and boosting employability. The mentors will provide the graduates with advice, guidance and career support over two years after their graduation. Graduate Fashion Foundation will pair each winning graduate who has expressed interest in the mentoring programme with a selected mentee, based on their application form and pre-screening.
“Work of the Graduate Fashion Foundation doesn’t stop at GFW in June. The British Fashion industry wants to give back, and the Graduate Fashion Protégé Project enables people to give knowledge and industry experience to the next generation of talent. It’s so important for our graduates, in what can be a major change in their life that they are offered support so they can go on to achieve successful careers and by doing so help boost the fashion industry and our economy."
Martyn Roberts, Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week
WHO ARE THE MENTORS?
Gemma Metheringham, Label/Mix, Next, Creative Director
Ainsley Walker, Karen Millen, Head of Design
Anna Clarke, Sainsburys Supermarket Ltd, Head of Design TU Clothing
Caren Downie, The Fashion Squat Ltd, Director
Chimere Cisse, Former Burberry Global PR & Strategic Communications Manager
Emma Davidson, Denza, Managing Director
Harriet Saywood-Bellisario Label /Mix, Designer
Helen Low, Former George, Asda Senior Design Director
Henry Holland, Henry Holland, Director & Designer (Scholarship mentor)
Holly Fulton, Holly Fulton, Director & Designer
Jan Miller, Jan Miller, Director
Julian Fuller, Debenhams, Head of Design Menswear
Kathryn Radcliffe, Richards Radcliffe Consultancy, Director
Katie Greenyer, Pentland Brands, Creative Talent and Networks Director
Keely Stocker, Drapers, Editor
Leandra O'Sullivan, Debenhams, Head of Design Womenswear
Natalia Serantes-James, ASOS Head of PR
Oliver Spencer, Oliver Spencer, Director & Design (Scholarship mentor)
Peter Ruis, Jigsaw, CEO
Sarah Taylor, SmartFocus, Chief Marketing Officer
Tania Littlehales, Marks & Spencer, Head of Product PR
Tess Richards, Richards Radcliffe Ltd and Richards Radcliffe Consultancy, Co Founder and Director
WHAT WILL THE MENTORS HELP WITH?
· Help graduates with their next career steps
· Supporting the graduate with the move towards employment
· Support the graduate in identifying goals and targets, to work towards in order to achieve aspirations
· Advice on best work practices and professional approach
· Help sharpen graduate’s CV and interview techniques
· Offer support and motivation
· Advice on overcoming obstacles and being in professional environment
· Sharing personal experiences
· Signpost to other support resources, connect with their network.