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Drapers’ x UKFT Bursary Programme

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 ten 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. 

The 2021/22 Programme

For the 2021/2022 academic year, 10 placements will be available for individuals to experience 12-week internships across a range of UK fashion and textile businesses from students at the following universities:

In 2020/2021, placements were available to students at:

Elliot Barlow, manufacturing and education consultant at UKFT, said: “Internships can be a good way to get first-hand industry experience and a route into a career in fashion and textiles but often these are unpaid or offer low wages, which can exclude a lot of talented creative people as they are starting out. This programme aims to open up these opportunities to a wider pool of people and make sure that the experiences are as valuable as can be.”

The bursaries are intended to benefit students who might otherwise struggle to support themselves to take up an internship away from home. 

The bursary comprises of £600 per month for a maximum of three months to support living expenses.

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

The Textile Working Group, The Drapers’ Company, said: “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 more than 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.”

Hear what the 2020/21 students said

Get involved

The programme is open to universities rather than students applying directly. Applications from all UK universities are welcome but we will prioritise working with UKFT Education Partners. Universities will be asked to put forward the student who they feel will most benefit from the internship opportunity.

For more information or if you would like your university to be involved please contact info@ukft.org.