Program & Participants
TAILORING EDUCATION PROGRAM
COURSE 1 - SEWING FUNDAMENTALS
Sewing machine - usage, maintenance, troubleshooting
Tailoring tools and their use (scissors, chalk, etc)
Understanding a pattern and tech sheet
Handling / cutting the fabric
Sewing /construction of a garment
Creation of different features (pockets for example)
Preparing a garment for fitting
Adjusting a garment to fitting feedback
Packing and shipping of a garment
Work flow efficiency
Planning of workload / time management
Budgeting income and tax payments
Legal setup and tax reporting
Students will be able to produce at a professional level men's trousers to individual measurements based on provided patterns.
Students will have transitioned into an existence as independent seamstresses, already earning first income from the production of customer trousers
Starting December 2nd, 2019
For our Tailor Empowerment course we found not only a teacher with over a decade experience in professional tailoring as well as running her own sewing school. Maria also has experience in working with families from transition homes. She previously worked with a charity project in the Hungarian countryside.
This has given her the experience of having to overcome the initial resistance of participants from a socially disadvantaged background and leading that group to success. Having this experience is a very important factor in working with our students, as many of them are dealing with difficult life situations.
The purpose of the Tailor Empowerment (TE) program is to help lift families out of poverty by giving them skills that allow them to make meaningful income.
Most courses designed to help disadvantaged families provide education, but then don't provide the support needed for participants to make use of their new skills. Participants are often met with failure because they don't have access to the equipment required to use their new skills, or they don't have access to the work / clients / opportunities that bring in the income.
Tailor Empowerment is different in this regard, in that we want to ensure our participants are fully successful, with long term support that is sustaining.
Tailor Empowerment works with socially disadvantaged people. The students in our first course will come from transition homes, where they are offered temporary housing and assistance while they often struggle to pull themselves out of their situation.
Most of the inhabitants of these transition homes do not posses marketable skills, so they are often exploited as temporary worker, and are unable to provide a stable environment for their families.
Since we see the Tailor Empowerment program as a program that allows students to help themselves,
participants are chosen carefully. Not everyone will qualify for the training program. TE wants to make sure students have what it takes to be successful, and must meet the following requirements:
Want to make a change in their life circumstances, and are willing
to take action through dedicated work
Addiction free (drugs, alcohol, meds, codependency)
Has experience with 'longer' periods of continuous work
Is showing proactive participation in other program offered by our NGO partners
Each participant will be screened to ensure they have a high chance of success. Each participant has to pass through a 3-step application process:
He/she has to be recommended by a social worker from our NGO partner
Motivational and background interview with TE's foundation Director
Motivation and soft skill test with the course teacher
Even when students fulfill all the criteria listed afore, the transition from regular unemployment to a sustainable independence is very challenging.
To give the students the best chance at success, the program provides ongoing, full-time support from a dedicated social worker to support the students in their transition:
Emotional support to deal with the anxiety of a demanding course load
Learning support for those struggling to keep up
Organisational support to handle new administrative challenges like packaging and shipping produced garments
Emotional support to manage conflict and frustrations, preventing participants from easily giving up when faced with challenges