Top Savile Row tailors have joined forces to help stave off a skills crisis in the profession.
The Bespoke Tailoring Apprenticeship Programme aims to formalise the sector’s ad hoc recruitment and training procedures.
Currently, it takes an average of 10 years to become a master tailor. But the new apprenticeship programme lasts four years, with students working with a master tailor from the start of their third year.
The recruitment drive coincides with the launch of the new National Skills Academy for fashion, textiles and jewellery, announced earlier this month.