Sewing For Jobs

Sewing For Jobs is a program that helps immigrant, refugee and underemployed women learn and develop the skills to make a career in the clothing industry. Hands-on experience mixed with a professional workplace environment are a great place to grow your confidence and sewing skills like a professional.  

Sewing for Jobs is a program designed to be a bridge to sustainability for people in need. Our classes reflect the diversity of our society – bringing together women from across the world who want to build a better life for themselves and their families. Sewing for Jobs encourages students to look beyond the barriers they face and begin to build the life they want to live.


How It Works

Sewing for Jobs I: Foundations of Professional Sewing

The first level of Sewing for Jobs is designed for beginner sewers. There is no sewing experience required – only a desire to learn. By the end of this four-month course you should be comfortable with professional hand stitching and seams, domestic sewing machines and sergers, reading patterns, installing zippers and will have knowledge about fabrics, textiles, and their various uses.

Sewing for Jobs II: Professional Garment Construction

The second level of Sewing for Jobs is designed for those with some sewing experience (including level I students) continuing through the program. By the end of this four-month course you should be comfortable with garment construction including skirts, blouses, pants, dresses, lining, fittings, commercial pattern alterations, and design. The focus in this program is professionalism in sewing; you're also introduced to the multi-faceted sewing industry in Ottawa and are encouraged to begin thinking about where you want to bring their newly acquired skills.

Sewing for Jobs III: Additional Support

Sewing for Jobs III is designed for graduates Sewing for Jobs II. What makes this course different is that you are able to decide as a group what additional skills you need to succeed in this industry. Through this consultation with you and other students, a month-long program is developed offering additional courses such as Alterations, Industrial Sewing, resume writing, interview preparation, and more. In addition, you should have identified an employment goal in three streams: Industrial Sewing, working for a designer or working for themselves.

Why It Works

  • Encourages collaboration in the classroom so that success in sewing becomes a group effort. 
  • Brings people together in a supportive community to access, explore, and celebrate the ability of each person.
  • Helps gain confidence and feel supported by an organization and a community.

Upcoming Program Dates:

Fall (Beginner and advanced): September 2019 – December 2019


For more information please contact Jacquie on behalf of Chelsea at chelsea (at) ecoequitable (dot) ca or 613-562-1739 ext 301.

If you are ready to apply click here to fill out the application form