Youth encouraged to take advantage of trillion-dollar fashion industry
Michael Collins, Sales Development Specialist at JN Bank (centre), converses with students from Mona High School, during the Careers in International Fashion Symposium held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston recently.
Young persons are being encouraged to look to the fashion industry as a viable option for employment both locally and overseas.
The call was made at the Careers in International Fashion Symposium held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston recently.
The event, which was attended by hundreds of high school students from across the country, was organised by Saint International and sponsored by JN Bank, as part of activities for Style Week 2019.
Michael Collins, Sales Development Specialist at JN Bank advised the students that the opportunities available for work in the industry are vast and are not limited to being a model or a designer.
“There are, in fact, thousands of career options available in the fashion industry which is a trillion dollar sector. From garment technologist to fashion writer, accountant, or fashion illustrator, the option are endless and there’s no need to limit yourself and your potentials,” he said.
Collins further informed that the industry, which is worth an estimated US$2.4 trillion, has grown by about 5.5 per cent annually, over the last decade.
“This is a sector, which continues to see exponential growth, even when other industries are struggling. What this means is that there is a great possibility for you to achieve real wealth from this industry,” he advised the students.
Michael Collins (right), Sales Development Specialist at JN Bank, shares a laugh with Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology and Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International, during the Careers in International Fashion Symposium held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston recently.
Alando Terrelonge, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, said the government recognises the potential that exists within the fashion industry.
“We do recognise the value of empowering our young persons and that’s part of the reason we’ve partnered with Saint International to host this symposium,” he said. “We also recognise the value and the place that fashion and the creative industry has taken globally and we want to expose our young people to this reality.”
Terrelonge further stated, “Therefore, from an education perspective, we want every single Jamaican boy and girl to understand that there’s a career in fashion and this extends beyond our shores.”
The State Minister further noted that the government aims to bring more education and fashion symposiums to Jamaica to expose more young persons to what the world of fashion has to offer.
He noted that he will also be speaking with persons in the Ministry’s curriculum unit “to see how we can expand the programme in Home Economics, so it’s not just about cooking and hospitality, but we can also incorporate aspects of fashion,” he said.
Over 400 students from secondary schools across the island turned out for the Careers in International Fashion Symposium held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.
Meanwhile, Fayval Williams, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, also encouraged the students to look at how they can align fashion with the subjects they are now studying in school, especially science and technology.
“Where does fashion intersect with science and technology or engineering and Maths?” she asked. The future of fashion requires STEM skills now more than ever.”
Williams pointed out that in this technological age people in the fashion industry need to have digital skills and must be information and Communication technology (ICT) literate.
“I want you to connect what you’re doing in school with the fashion industry. I want you to understand why Math, science, and engineering makes sense for you to do now, while you’re in school because you’re going to have an edge on people when you get into the industry,” she said.
The symposium also saw presentations from international and local fashion industry practitioners including senior faculty from the Miami Institute of Art and Design and the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.