Press Release from Warwickshire College – announcing Ro’s success……..
An apparel apprentice at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden centre is celebrating after being shortlisted for the Coventry Freemen’s Guild Apprentice of the Year Award.
Roisin McCloskey, 19, from Coventry, is currently studying towards her Level 3 in Apparel as part of the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles while working at The Bridal Gallery in Coventry. Her role at The Bridal Gallery involves making alterations to wedding gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses, hand-beading, making sashes, cravats and ties as well as carrying out dress fittings in the shop, working closely with customers. Roisin also works on the social media for the business, as well as window-dressing and attending shows and events. Roisin said, “I was extremely proud and excited when I heard I was shortlisted for this award. “An apprenticeship seemed the obvious choice for me as I wanted to go down the route of a practical-based dressmaking and seamstress course rather than a design-based one. I also liked the idea of learning on the job from experienced bridal seamstresses. “The best thing about working at The Bridal Gallery is that we have a fabulous team, and we all work closely together. I also love it when we exhibit at the National Wedding Show at the NEC twice a year and go on buying trips to places like Harrogate and London.” Sarah Smith, Roisin’s employer said, “Roisin is always very keen to learn new skills and has been complemented on her abilities by the more experienced bridal seamstresses who work at The Bridal Gallery, all of whom have been working within the bridal industry for more than 30 years. “Although she is naturally quite shy, Roisin has worked hard to overcome this and increase her confidence when approaching and talking to brides and their families and friends. “Bridal Gallery staff and college colleagues have also noted how Roisin has matured through the apprenticeship process. As well as settling into the world of work straight from school she has also adapted well to working as part of a small group at college.” Tracy Limbrick, Roisin’s tutor at Warwickshire College said, “The college are very proud of Roisin for all her hard work and dedication so it’s fantastic that she has received this recognition – she really deserves it. We wish her the very best of luck for the awards ceremony.” The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on 21 January St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry