When it opened in September 2006, the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) became the UK’s first National Skills Academy dedicated to educating and training people for the modern retail workplace.

As a student at the FRA you’ll develop the skills required for today's fashion retail industry in an inspirational atmosphere where interactive learning is encouraged using the very latest facilities. You’ll also have the chance to meet the people who matter in the industry so you can see just how relevant your studies are to the real world of high street fashion. In short, this is where you’ll gain the skills and experience needed to make you ‘job ready’ for an exciting career in the retail sector.

Fantastic Facilities

Located just off world famous retail mecca, Oxford Street, The Fashion Retail Academy boasts 45,000 square feet of teaching space (classrooms, seminar rooms and tutorial rooms), spread over 6 floors.

State-of-the-art facilities include IT suites and interactive whiteboards to help you focus your studies, whilst the library has an extensive range of specialised books, DVDs and periodicals that relate to your specific areas of study. The Buying and Merchandising Suite even has a magnetic wall system of the kind used in the fashion retail world which is used in practical situations in the relevant subject areas.

The FRA Common Room and Canteen is the perfect meeting place for students from different disciplines to get together and swap ideas, whilst the amazing on-site Fashion Academy Boutique has been set up to mimic the sort of retail outlet you’ll find on any high street in the country.

Arcadia has worked with the FRA since its inception in 2006 and by working with the teams at FRA is able to enhance each student’s development.

Arcadia provide access to inspirational industry speakers such as:

  • Master classes with Sir Philip Green and other key people such as Brand Directors and other functional Directors.
  • Work experience placements both in stores and at head office.
  • Insight days to enable the students to find out about the opportunities available.
  • A bespoke assessment centre process which supports high potential.

For further information about the Fashion Retail Academy, visit their website here

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