Two of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London's apprentice tailors are learning their time-honoured trade from the world's very finest.
Based at the Maurice Sedwell’s, Savile Row Academy (19 Savile Row), Paul White (24) and Eithen Sweet (19) are gaining the garment-making skills, which have taken tailors on the Row centuries to perfect.
Both self-confessed dedicated followers of fashion, Paul and Eithen cannot believe their luck. As apprentices they earn £95 a week to train, while others may have to pay many thousands of pounds to acquire the same level of expertise.
Eithen said: “Savile Row suits are both elegant and technical perfection. We practice until our work is perfect.”
Paul said: “The work is intricate but I’m confident I can keep up because of the quality of the teaching.”
Both apprentices hope to work on Savile Row once they are qualified making the handmade suits for which tailors there have become so famous.
Savile Row Academy (SRA) Principal and tutor, Andrew Ramroop OBE, praised his apprentices’ enthusiasm and career choices: “We approached the National Apprenticeship Service and they recommended the College to us. We are delighted to be able to offer these ‘chance of a lifetime’ opportunities to Paul and Eithen.”
Apprenticeships are paid work placements for trainees who spend three days a week at SRA and two and a half days on the job training where their learning is further developed.
For more information about apprenticeships with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, call the Apprenticeships First hotline on: 0800 678 3000 or visit: www.apprenticeshipsfirst.com