The accredited fashion designing school, Free State Fashion Hub, has honoured its students during a graduation ceremony where thirteen students received a General Education and Training Certificate in Clothing Manufacturing Processes.
Founder and Managing Director of the school, Candy Smith, said she is most proud of this year’s graduates as they had to function under unusual circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic the world is currently facing. Amidst the Covid-19 lockdown these students braved out the new normal with online classes and digital consultations.
Smith, who started the school three years ago with the aim of developing and empowering students, said, “This has been my lifelong dream; to empower young people that would never have the opportunity to study Fashion Design and Manufacturing.”
In Smith’s efforts to develop young people in the province, she’s established platforms such as the prestigious Free State Fashion Week, which has gained national momentum.
The students received their qualifications on 6 November 2020. According to public relations guru, Shorn Khumalo, the programme, accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority Qualification (SAQA) and supported by the Fiber Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FM&M SETA), began on 1 September 2019.
“It focused on teaching the students the fundamentals of fashion design and manufacturing such as garment construction, pattern design and construction, business studies and manufacturing processes,” said Khumalo.
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