FashMash second Young Pioneers mentoring scheme now open
London-based fashion community FashMash is relaunching its mentoring scheme to support and nurture the next generation of industry talent with a sustainable focus.
The Young Pioneers initiative is looking for emerging fashion talent dedicated to “driving transformational change” with a focus on those who want to shape a more sustainable future.
The six-month programme was launched in 2020 in direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the wider ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is intended to be inclusive for all but is designed particularly to support ethnic minorities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds to actively provide opportunities for less represented groups to succeed in the fashion industry.
After the initial scheme run, the second intake will focus specifically on sustainability, incorporating both environmental and social justice, and will team 12 senior FashMash members with a select group of those at the beginning of their careers.
FashMash, founded in 2012, is looking for UK applicants who are in an entry-level position within or associated with fashion, are under 27 years old, have an annual income of less than 25,000 pounds. Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in shaping a sustainable future for the industry through their career goals.
Those selected for the initiative will receive monthly mentoring sessions from a sustainability related senior FashMash member, networking with fellow alumni, invitations to the FashMash community’s biannual networking events as well as its mainline Pioneers speaker series, and a calendar of coaching sessions and intimate talks focused on personal and professional development.
Upon graduation from the programme, the Young Pioneers will also be invited to become full FashMash members.
FashMash co-founder Rosanna Falconer said in a statement: “Pivoting to focus Young Pioneers on those wanting to shape the future of the fashion industry through a sustainability lens was a natural progression after so much interest in the topic from our first cohort. But it was also the only option for us – there is no future of this industry without such consideration at the core of business practice.
“We’re seeking the leaders of tomorrow who can demonstrate a dedication to transformation and we’re hoping to once again open up a world of further opportunity to them through our community.”
FashMash co-founder Rachel Arthur added: “Today’s leadership within the fashion industry simply isn’t representative, and the subsector of sustainability even less so. At the core of Young Pioneers is a recognition that true sustainable change from both an environmental and social justice standpoint will only happen if we ensure we have a pool of diverse and inclusive talent invited to the table.”
The next Young Pioneers programme will run from July 2022, with applications closing on May 15.
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