Sewing For Jobs

Sewing for Jobs is an innovative sewing training program created to be a bridge to financial autonomy for newcomers and vulnerable people.

Exclusion from the labour market creates isolation from society in other ways. Sewing has a long history of bringing people together.

Sewing for Jobs is the 2018 Winner of the United Way 'Poverty to Possibility' Award.

 

   SFJ: BEGINNERS (level one)

Participants learn hand stitching, introduction to the sewing machine, various sewing techniques, understanding basic sewing patterns and basic cutting skills. Following a laddered curriculum working on small projects that promotes skill building. Soft skills: time-management, community building, language practise, shifting childcare and home arrangements.

LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 15 weeks --- 3 x half-days a week. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Refugee, Permanent residence or Canadian Citizen (or in application process)
  • Canadian Language Benchmark level: 4+ (proof of level)
  • No sewing pre-requisite
  • Availability to attend 90% of the classes

 

 

CONTINUING TRAINING

After finishing Sewing for Jobs: BEGINNERS level, the participants who want to keep getting and improving their sewing skills, we'll be offering two path options to choose from:

 

SFJ: GARMENT CONSTRUCTION (Continuing Program)

A focus on professional garment construction and finishing techniques is built in to the curriculum to ensure employment readiness.  Participants are also introduced to home business fundamentals including client relations, expectations, and pricing.

LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 15 weeks --- 3 x half-days a week. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • SFJ: Beginners level completed or intermediate/advance sewing skills 
  • Permanent residence or Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Benchmark level: 5+ (proof of level)

 

SFJ: BUILD UP ALTERATIONS SKILLS (Continuing Program)

Participants will learn how to perform the most common alterations and repairs by using expert techniques and tips taught by one of our most experienced instructor.

They are also introduced to the alterations industry requirements, including customer service, expectations and pricing.

LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 12 weeks --- 3 x half-days a week.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • SFJ: Beginners level completed or intermediate/advance sewing skills 
  • Permanent residence or Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Benchmark level: 5+ (proof of level)

HOW TO APPLY:

Fill out the form below or Drop by to our office to fill the form in person. 

 

Next session: SEPTEMBER 2020

For further information about times and fees, please contact Jacqueline Manzo at  classes(at) ecoequitable (dot) ca or 613-562-1739 ext 301. 

 

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