Gap Inc. has teamed up with the Graduate Fashion Foundation (GFF) on a mentoring program for the Class of 2021, aimed at nurturing the next generation of fashion leaders and building a diverse talent pipeline.
GFF is a UK-based organization supports graduates as they transition from education to employment, ensuring that they have better futures in a competitive job market and helping grow the fashion industry across the globe. Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported by GFF. For more than a decade, Gap Inc. has worked with GFF on events, speaking opportunities, fashion shows and hiring events. This year’s involvement is a more hands-on approach with GFF participants, as Gap Inc. introduces a year-long commitment to working with them during a time when support is critical.
This mentorship program will pair up 22 mentors from across Gap Inc. brands with graduates from the 38 GFF UK member universities for a 12-month mentoring program. Mentees will receive support on entering the professional workforce, advice on best practices and professional approaches, interview techniques and how to tailor resumes and portfolios.
“The impact of the pandemic on the Graduate Fashion Week participants was tremendous, and students missed out on the opportunity to engage with and learn from fashion industry leaders through this program. As the world begins to turn the corner, Gap Inc. is doubling down on its support of GFW in deeper and more meaningful ways—supporting early career growth of GFW graduates through our new, more robust mentoring program. We are proud to offer one-on-one mentoring opportunities with diverse, emerging designers across all four of our purpose-driven lifestyle brands—Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta—that will give emerging design talent the chance to learn from seasoned professionals and build the foundations they need to succeed in the industry,” said Simon O’Mahony, Director of Creative Talent Acquisition.
Click here to learn more about Graduate Fashion Foundation and the application process.