One of London’s most famous brands became the latest high-profile name to join Kensington and Chelsea Colleges flourishing Apprenticeships Programme.
Hemingway Design, co-founded by Wayne Hemingway of iconic fashion brand Red or Dead, partnered exclusively with the College to offer a Digital Design Apprenticeship.
The prestigious London design agency worked with the College to find the perfect candidates for the opening. 18-year-old Katie Calvert was eventually selected for the much coveted position of Digital Design Apprentice at Hemingway Design.
As well as bringing energy and enthusiasm, apprentices can also inject new ideas and fresh approaches to the way a business operates enabling an organisation to stay ahead of the competition. Apprentices are also trained to develop skills tailored specifically for the businesses hiring them.
Wayne Hemingway MBE, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to identify young talent. For us apprentices are not only an extra pair of hands, they also give us a youthful view on our projects.”
Katie is now a big part of the Hemingway Design Team and has already sharpened her research, design, social media and communication skills.
Describing a typical day at the agency Katie says her daily tasks include “Collecting images and graphics and making sure there are no copyright breaches… Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create designs that meet the client’s needs…Creating photo-edits and graphics to be posted on our social media sites.”
Katie who hopes to one day become a freelance designer or illustrator says she was always a naturally creative person.
She continued: “I was known throughout school as the artist and always planned to gain qualifications to get myself into the creative sector, but when this apprenticeship opportunity came along I felt like I was given a head start to get into the workplace I’ve always wanted to be in. Now that I’m there I don’t see myself in any other trade.”
Speaking about her role at Hemingway design Katie added: “The office is in Wembley Park which is a bit of a distance from where I live, but then again when you find something you enjoy doing you don’t feel any sort of tiredness or demotivation on the commute to and from work. There’s always something to do and you have to be prepared to be thrown in at the deep end. You have to keep organised and punctual as people depend on you as much as you depend on yourself and others. It’s all about learning at the end of the day.”
To find out more about Kensington and Chelsea College’s Apprenticeships Programme or how to hire an Apprentice please email the College’s Business Liaison Manager Patrick Whife on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 573 1387
- Kensington and Chelsea College leads the local learning agenda for adults and young adults in Art and Design, Health and Social Sciences and Management and Professional Development
- The college operates across two sites based near Kings Road in Chelsea – with its fashionable boutiques and cafes, and Notting Hill by Portobello Road – with its world famous markets and iconic stalls selling vintage and cutting edge fashion
- We are an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural
- Ofsted rates our teaching as good. Our range of courses offer career enhancement opportunities, a credible alternative route to university and recognised qualifications leading to employment
- We are an established and trusted college for delivering Apprenticeships, and professional, bespoke training to businesses across London that has led to strong partnerships with leading creative and cultural venues, including the V&A and Historic Royal Palaces
- To find out about our full range of courses and training opportunities, and how we can help you develop your career or business visit www.kcc.ac.uk, or call 0207 573 5333 for a copy of our latest prospectus.
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Date published: 31 January 2014