New casino intends to offer opportunities to the next generation in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes College student Stephanie Czoboriek, 18, won a competition to design the staff uniforms for The Casino MK
Milton Keynes College student Stephanie Czoboriek, 18, won a competition to design the staff uniforms for The Casino MK

A college student got a great insight into the world of work when she won a competition to design the inspiration for staff uniforms at a new casino.

Stephanie Czoboriek, 18, had her designs chosen by The Casino MK from 15 students from Milton Keynes College in an exclusive competition.

Stephanie said: “It was really good to be provided with such an amazing opportunity and then to be the winner of the chosen designs is crazy.

“It was fascinating going to the studio and seeing all my designs as samples and was really beneficial as a student to see it in a real life situation. I’m so pleased that they have chosen my designs and I cannot wait to go and see people actually wearing them when the casino opens.”

The new casino, set to open at Xscape later in the year, will be the largest in the country outside London and have 250 staff.

Entrants to the competition had been asked by casino owner Aspers for a design that would become the inspiration behind the final uniform.

Hilary Hutchinson, fashion and clothing lecturer with the college, said: “It was really amazing to visit the studio and see Stephanie’s designs made into an entire collection. The students have been given an invaluable first-hand experience to work as professional designers for a real client. We were also lucky enough to visit the factory where many of the garments will be made, and see the entire production process. An opportunity such as this is invaluable to aspiring designers and will be a massive boost to their CVs.”

Carolyne Hirsch, managing director of John Marks Uniforms said: “Stephanie and some of her fellow students came to visit and experience a working factory. We also gave her the opportunity to try on the croupier’s dress she had designed and understand the adaptations we had made to it. They were really excited and thrilled to see the finished product.”

Nigel Hartland, general manager at The Casino MK, said: “In the last six years we have developed a thriving relationship with the college and were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to their students. They created some fantastic designs which they should be proud of.

“Stephanie’s winning design has been used to inspire the new uniform which our staff will be wearing when the casino opens. We fully intend to continue working in partnership with the college and offering opportunities to the next generation in Milton Keynes.”