Kindred Clothing

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An accredited clothes making course aimed at a community of young parent families. Kindred Clothing has been set up with the objectives of building confidence and reactivating young parents' education through life affirming activities.

Kindred Clothing provides a vocational qualification for those with a limited education foundation, as well as growing the confidence and competencies of learners and nurturing their future options.

Kindred Clothing teaches the garment production process to cohorts of 10 to 15 learners at a time. They also learn about photography, business planning, and how to best present themselves. There is a lot of emphasis on early supportive engagement because traditional routes back into education have a high dropout rate for this group of learners.

This Challenge project aims to develop the digital element of the course, creating a blended solution that can house all the different elements of the course and accurately track learning progression. Continuous assessment via the platform will remove the stress of an exam, and accessibility will be improved to meet their audience needs.

Options for scaling at a national level are being investigated to ensure the solution can be offered free to those most in need. The ambition is to make Kindred Clothing sustainable so that they can offer the project free to the target communities anywhere in the UK.

Kindred Clothing is delivered by a group of industry professionals who have signed up to the Clothes Making Learning Partnership. They also provide access to internships and job opportunities, plus business start-up support.