In recent years we have become used to meeting students on the University stand at the APLF leather show in Hong Kong. While the European shows in Milan and Paris are important in global terms Hong Kong still remains pre-eminent and is great venue to meet the international leather industry in ways not possible in the European cities,
The students attend as Ambassadors and get a chance to attend the Corium Club cocktail party and the UKLF/Leathersellers party at the Hong Kong Club where they can meet alumni and other industry executives informally. There have been instances where some of these meetings have led to job offers, further evidence of a shortage of good technical staff entering the industry and the steadily rising reputation of Northampton graduates.
Some of the students get assistance with travel from Leathersellers grants and steadily this presence has become a routine that everyone benefits from. Seeing the leather industry via a trade fair, meeting executives and alumni and seeing and Asian city all add up to a superb experience for students entering the industry..
Hopefully this involvement will continue for many years.
20th April 2017