Funding for internships: Drapers’ x UKFT Bursary programme

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UKFT and The Drapers’ Company are working together to support fashion and textile students across the UK to achieve good quality internships through the Drapers’ x UKFT Bursary programme.

Financial support from the Drapers’ Company will enable 10 students annually to take-up internship opportunities they may otherwise struggle to afford.

UKFT will be offering mentoring, guidance, and networking opportunities to each student to ensure their internships are safe, enjoyable and valuable. This year we will be offering opportunities to students across fashion and textile courses at Plymouth College of Art, Winchester School of Art and University of Salford.

“We are delighted to be working with The Drapers’ Company to deliver their bursary funding to students across the UK on a yearly basis. We know that affordability of internships can be a barrier to many, this financial support will help to open up entry routes into the industry to all.”

Adam Mansell, CEO UKFT

“The Drapers Company are delighted that UKFT are helping with our bursary programme to support fashion students through their work internships. These internships are unpaid and often some distance from home so many students find it difficult to pay for travel or rent etc. The Drapers have helped Leeds students for the last six years and we know that they find this work experience invaluable. We are delighted that with UKFT’s assistance we can extend this programme to more colleges and more students.”

The Textile Working Group, The Drapers’ Company

The bursary is available to students who: 

  • Are studying a design and/or technical course in fashion and textiles
  • Are UK residents
  • Would otherwise financially struggle to take up a placement opportunity
  • Have or will be securing their own placement(s)
  • Will be seeking a UK based placement
  • Are studying in their second year or sandwich year

For more information, read more at UKFT.

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