The Digital & Professional Skills Training Programme

The CIAFE Digital & Professional Skills Training Programme is a semi-annual work experience and learning opportunity which offers driven creatives to join the team for six dedicated months to learn, build and grow with the organisation.

The training programme is remote and we welcome people from all over provided that you are able to work within the time frames provided if successful. Through the virtual six months programme, our trainees will attend training sessions & workshops led by CIAFE’s network, have access to professional digital tools, and develop an in-depth portfolio once graduated from the program.

A curriculum designed to provide you with the fundamental skills to propel your fashion career:

  • Digital marketing

  • Social Media

  • Email marketing

  • Website development

  • Project management

  • Fashion Analytics

  • Creative Augmented Reality

  • Fashion Management

The Breakdown

The programme is divided into 3 core areas.

Learning - Workshops & training programme

The 6-month program taught by industry experts on topics such as market research, graphic design, content creation, social media management, analytics, business writing, marketing, operations and business management.

Listening - Mentoring

During the 6 months, you will receive mentoring from our senior leadership team and our industry network. You will also be assigned an accountability partner.

Doing - Working on live projects

Work in a team to research, strategise, and build CIAFE’s fashion and educational initiatives. Each trainee will graduate with an in-depth portfolio.

What skills will you acquire?

  • Learn how to write, design and publish newsletters

  • Fundamentals of email marketing and email management

  • Create and edit Instagram Reels and TikTok's

  • Learn how to schedule social media content

  • Learn how to run Facebook and Instagram Ads

  • Learn how to write articles for blogs

  • Learn how the basics of web development

  • Learn Google analytics

  • Learn effective market research

  • Learn how to write a press release and pitch to press

  • Learn how to understand website & social media analytics

  • Learn how to use Excel and Google Sheets

  • Learn how to develop an Augmented Reality Filter

  • Learn how to implement systems and processes

  • Learn presentation skills

  • Public speaking

  • Organise online events 

  • Pitch for collaborations

  • Learn how to develop educational content

  • Learn how to write industry reports, white papers and case studies

  • Learn how to use Canva

  • Business writing

Tools you will learn to use

  • Slack

  • Asana

  • Zoom

  • Dropbox

  • Google Workspace

  • Wix

  • Squarespace

  • Canva

  • Google Analytics

  • LinkedIn

  • Latergram

  • Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

  • Facebook & Instagram Ads

  • Livshows (Augmented Reality Platform)

  • Spark AR (Facebook Augmented Reality Platform)

  • Instagram

  • Facebook

  • TikTok

  • Mail Chimp

  • Pinterest

  • Shopify

  • Teachable

  • Thinkific

What will you graduate with?

  • Facebook Certified Digital Marketing Associate Certificate

  • Google certificate

  • CV 

  • Cover letter

  • LinkedIn profile

  • Reference on linkedin

  • Written reference 

  • Priority registration and access to all Fashion Scholar paid content for a year

  • Priority registration and access to all CIAFE paid content for a year

  • A network of fashion professionals

  • CIAFE certificate

  • Google Analytics Certificate


What are the requirements for joining?

Over 18, Valid iD, laptop, access to strong and reliable wifi, and basic computer literacy skills.


Is there a fee involved, do you have to pay to join the programme?

No, it is fully funded.

What qualities are you looking for in a potential trainee?

We’re looking for trainees that are committed and want to be the next leaders in fashion. Individuals who are resourceful, self-motivated and purpose-driven.

What do I need for the application and how long will the process take?

You need to have a CV, send a video of yourself and fill out questions regarding your previous experience and background questions. The process takes roughly 2 weeks from application to notification of whether you are accepted or not. 

How many trainees will you accept into the program and when does it start?

10 trainees. This will commence at the end of September 2021.

Do you need a university degree to be a part of this?


Can you work full time and do this?

No, you must be able to dedicate 3 days a week 

Can you work part-time and do this?

Yes, however you need to commit to 3 days between Mon-Fri, full days no half days

How much time is required for the programme?

3 days a week and 7 hours each day from 9am - 5pm GMT

Do you care about the quality of the video or resume?

Yes, please showcase your best work and ensure your CV is in the proper format. 

What type of duties would I be doing whilst on the training programme?

Conduct marketing, scouting, researching, content creation, social media, coordinating.

Ok this sounds great! I want to apply, how do I do it?

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When do applications close?

September 17th, 12pm

Must I attend every session?

Yes, we have an attendance target of 96% if you meet less than this you will not be eligible for completing the programme

Will I get paid to do this?


What happens after we complete the programme?

You will be prepared for an entry-level role in the fashion industry, ready to start your own business or for university.