Sleaford trainee talks about value of internships with Prime Minister David Cameron
A TRAINEE designer from Sleaford discussed the importance of internships with Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited her work place.
Fashion studies graduate Charlotte Bryan, 24, met with Mr Cameron when he visited the David Nieper Fashion design studios and factory.
The 50-year-old family clothing business was one of the settings for the filming of his party political broadcast, which aired last week on BBC1 and ITV1.
Charlotte joined the company full time after winning a David Nieper Fashion Academy competition which included a paid internship as part of the prize.
She said "The Prime Minister asked for my views on what it is like for graduates looking for jobs and what more could be done to help young people and graduates into work.
"It really is hard and many of my friends are struggling to get work especially if they haven't got experience in a real-life working environment. It would be great if more could be done to support and encourage more companies like David Nieper to open their doors to graduates and young people to provide training and internships".
Managing director of David Nieper, Christopher Nieper added: "We welcomed the Prime Minister's visit, his interest and pledge to support British fashion manufacturing and to get the textiles trade back in the UK. Our company and 200 plus staff is very much proof that fashion can and is being made in the UK."
Charlotte has also recently been announced as one of 30 young rising stars of the manufacturing world by Business Minister Mark Prisk. Charlotte was selected as one of the 30 under 30 Making it In Great Britain.
She gained her internship originally by entering a nationwide design competition and then going on to interview stage. After the six months internship Charlotte was offered a full time position as a trainee designer.