Fashion: training program for refugees kicks off

President CNMI says 40,000 vacant sports in four years

22 June, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUN 22 - The National Chamber of Italian Fashion (CNMI) on June 20 presented the project "Fashion Deserves the World" thanks to which 15 young refugees and migrants who want to have a career in fashion will be able to study and find work in Italian companies.

    A project to enable 15 young refugees and migrants to pursue a career in fashion was presented to coincide with World Refugee Day, June 20, and Milan men's fashion week on June 18-22, with the idea that "giving an opportunity is an extraordinary opportunity". The project, called "Fashion Deserves the World", will enable 15 young refugees and migrants to study and then find work in several companies in the fashion sector. It is part of a calendar of initiatives promoted by UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. To promote it, the National Chamber of Italian Fashion Camera della Moda (CNMI) has joined forces with Mygrants, a startup and benefit company founded and led by Christian Richmond Nzi. The enterprise offers micro-learning programs in three languages to help migrants and refugees consolidate their knowhow and find a job.

    Opportunities for migrants and companies "Fashion Deserves the World" is not just an opportunity for refugees but also for Italian companies, said the president of Camera della Moda Carlo Capasa. "With retirements scheduled cover the next three-four years, there will be 40,000 vacant spots", he said. "Two years are necessary to train new professional figures and it would be a disaster to lose the quality of our craftsmen who are leaving their jobs without heirs".

    "Our objective is to find them and in this sense migrants and refugees are assets", Capasa went on to say. "We are starting with this small project, which we hope will soon become a big one and it is a stone in the pond", he added, calling for "specific training paths also at a government level".

    Laura Iucci, who is in charge of private sector partnerships for UNHCR Italia, said "this is an operation in which everybody wins". "Companied need a turnover of well-trained and motivated people and, according to the latest macroeconomic studies, the diversity brought by migrants is an added value", she added. "In this, the Camera della moda is forging a new path", she concluded.

    Applications open on June 21 Applications open on June 21 for migrants, refugees and stateless people with a good knowledge of Italian and a strong desire to work in the sector. Applications must be sent to the website of Mygrants. They will be examined by the startup and by Camera della Moda. The 15 finalists will attend training sessions and then start working in various companies associated with Camera della Moda.

    The initiative obtained the patronage of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a project of the United Nations on ethical fashion, and it is part of the program promoted by CMNI in 2018 to promote inclusivity and the valorization of diversity in fashion. "Together, we will continue to do crazy things, making them normal", said Christian Richmond Nzi, Founder & CEO of Mygrants.

    (People walk next to billboards for Milan fashion week in 2020.

    PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA / PAOLO SALMOIRAGO) (ANSAmed).

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