New Initiative launched for Young People by Clerkenwell Design Week

Published on : Monday, May 16, 2016

clerkenwell-design-week-logo-151123DesigningFutures@CDW is a new project set up by Jade-Ilke Creative Solutions and supported by Clerkenwell Design Week, Sketch Studios and Milliken. The project has been developed to tackle the issue of access into the design, interiors and construction sectors for young people.


The initiative aims to help reduce the barriers for youngsters by creating practical opportunities for them to gain hands-on experience. The project will include work experience and skills training for up to 25 young people placed in participating showrooms for the three days of Clerkenwell Design Week. There will also be a launch event at the Milliken showroom on 11th May 2016 to include a panel discussion tackling the issues and raising awareness of access into design and related industries for young people.

Designing Futures at CDW is now calling on all showrooms and businesses in the Clerkenwell area to get involved by becoming a sponsor and giving work experience to a young person on the programme. William Knight, CDW Show Director explains: “The importance of Clerkenwell Design Week to the design, furniture and contract interiors industry means it can tackle issues affecting our community, and provide lots of opportunity. DesigningFutures@CDW is a potentially vital pipeline for talent to be introduced and recruited to the industry. For three days doors are flung open across Clerkenwell – I hope lots of showrooms will take the opportunity to engage with this project and show promising young people the best of our business.”

Alison Kitchingman, Marketing & Design Director at Milliken, says, “We’re proud to have worked with Jade Ilke on her amazing projects to give opportunities to young people since 2011. The young people we’ve worked with through Jade on previous occasions have always been a credit to themselves and Jade’s faith in them as well as an inspiration to Milliken. As one of the founding partners of DesigningFutures@CDW we will be hosting the launch event as well as training sessions during CDW 2016. We’re looking forward to welcoming all those involved and helping to raise the profile of this worthwhile initiative. We are always looking for bright fresh talent, young people with different perspectives and new ways of doing things. This initiative is offering a valuable service both to the young people, who are largely off the radar of the commercial world and the design community who can benefit from their input. DesigningFutures@CDW is enabling new connections to be made and bridging a very real gap.”


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