Fashion students and staff from South and City College Birmingham have been custom making IKEA furniture, as part of a project commissioned by the Square Shopping Centre in Birmingham. Around 30 students from HND and Extended Diploma Level 3 courses have spent two weeks in a unit in the Shopping Centre, working as a team to design and customise the furniture and accessories that IKEA donated.
‘This has been an amazing project for students to get involved in. Having a live brief to work to is always a great experience for the students, but the association with such a well-respected high street brand and being based in a shopping centre working together as a team has been invaluable. They are developing industry skills as well as developing personally, helping to develop their employability skills for the future.’ Carmen Burkett, Fashion and Textiles lecturer, said.
The students chose a tropical theme for this project and they have been working on three scenes, which will stay on display at the Square Shopping Centre for a month before being moved to the IKEA store, where they will be auctioned off for charity on the 8th June.
IKEA store manager, Dawn Lloyd said: “we moved into the City centre back in August and had been really keen to get involved with community projects. The Square got in touch with us to let us know that South and City had an idea to customise some of our furniture. We thought it would be a great opportunity, so we donated some furniture and the Square found some space for the students to work in.
“This project is about supporting students to get into the workplace and helping them develop their portfolios so that different employers can see the work they’ve done, it is fantastic.”
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