De­signer Gert -Jo­han offers fash­ion bur­saries

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DE­SIGNER to the stars Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee has an­nounced he will give away two fash­ion-in­dus­try bur­saries for stu­dents start­ing their stud­ies next year.

This is the 7th year Coet­zee is in­vest­ing in young tal­ent.

The bur­saries, worth R345 000 in to­tal, cover tu­ition fees and study ma­te­ri­als at the North West School of De­sign, and in­cludes per­sonal men­tor­ship by Coet­zee and in­tern­ships at his stu­dio.

“The ful­fil­ment I have ex­peri- enced by mak­ing a liv­ing in the in­dus­try that I am pas­sion­ate about, is what in­spired me to make the same thing pos­si­ble for other young as­pi­rant fash­ion pro­fes­sion­als.

“It is pos­si­ble to make a ca­reer in fash­ion, but you need de­ter­mi­na­tion and a will to suc­ceed, aside from hav­ing an eye for fash­ion,” Coet­zee said.

Coet­zee is his own best ex­am­ple, hav­ing risen to the top of his field be­fore the age of 30 through an un­flag­ging fo­cus on what is re­quired to suc­ceed in the in­dus­try.

Coet­zee’s bur­saries are ear­marked for one stu­dent fo­cus­ing on fash­ion de­sign, and an­other on the newer fash­ion com­mu­ni­ca­tion and buy­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which trains stu­dents in the busi­ness as­pects of the in­dus­try.

Both qual­i­fi­ca­tions are com­pleted over three years and are in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited.

The two can­di­dates who are se­lected will also re­ceive sewing ma­chines from Bern­ina worth R45 000.

Both qual­i­fi­ca­tions al­low stu- dents to en­rol for a fourth-year Li­cen­ti­ate­ship in Fash­ion, which is the high­est in­ter­na­tional fash­ion qual­i­fi­ca­tion avail­able in the coun­try.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will join the group of GJC bur­sary re­cip­i­ents who are in the process of com­plet­ing their stud­ies.

Two earlier re­cip­i­ents have al­ready started their own busi­nesses after qual­i­fy­ing.

Bur­sary ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 9.

To find out how to ap­ply visit www.nwsd.co.za.

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