The Centre is delivering a new ‘Stitching Skills’ course which aims to support unemployed individuals with up to 6 weeks’ training on the fundamental principles and practices of using industrial sewing machines. This course is based around the needs and expectations of the textile and apparel employers, which includes a 2 week work placement at a local manufacturing business. This approach gives learners a chance to try sewing machinist roles before being considered for employment at a local manufacturing company. There is no cost to your business for a placement. In many cases, the chance to put work experience on a delegate’s CV can really increase future opportunities. All learners receive a (non-accredited) level 1 certificate on completion.
The Stitching Skills course is taught by Ruth Farrell, who has 27 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She has a passion for the sector. Ruth said that “many of our member companies and local businesses have skilled jobs available, yet struggle to fill them. I believe it is important to keep these traditional skills alive. There are also unemployed local people keen to get back into work and willing to polish existing skills or learn a new one that, given the opportunity, are perfect to bridge this gap”.
Following on from the first pilot programme, the Centre is now looking to run courses throughout 2017. It has started well and feedback from employers and job seekers has been fantastic.
Sue, 57 said “I have loved doing the stitching programme. I feel like I have learned a lot since I started here and I am glad I decided to take this course. I have learned how to use an industrial overlocker and lockstitch machines. I have also gained skills that can stay with me including how to work in a professional environment”.
Danny, 27 said “I have enjoyed every second of the course in Huddersfield. I love sewing now and I have learned how to sew on an industrial sewing machine from a starting point of no experience. Since I have been here, my confidence and people skills have improved a lot. It has also given me the opportunity to improve my English skills”.
If you would like to know more about the Stitching Skills training course or would like to offer work placements to our learners please contact Ruth Farrell at the Centre on 01484 346500.