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Threadworks:

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Cindy Jiang

on 13 January 2017

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Threadworks:
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Outcome
: Reduce employment barriers for people with mental health issues or physical disabilities
Ideal participants in Threadworks are people who:
have mental health issues
have a disability
are interested in sewing and
want employment in the local sewing industry
no previous sewing experience is required
The Program
Next Intake

Oct 2016
: Handwork and Hand-finishing Certificate
Oct 2016:
Industrial Certificate


Ongoing
: recruitment and referral of potential participants to Threadworks program

Next Steps
Target Population
This is a three-year pilot training project consisting of two Certificates:
Industrial Sewing (on several different machines)
Handwork and Hand-Finishing
66 hours of instruction & 33 hours of practice per course
Participants need to register for each Certificate
Each participant will have an individual education assessment based on their needs and accommodations required for successful completion
Approx. 8 participants per course with 1 instructor and 1 support staff
Lunch provided to support community inclusion and address food insecurity issues
Participants will report to WorkBC Case Manager
Training Overview
A practicum component will give participants experience in the local industry. Our research confirmed a growing shortage of skilled workers for the apparel and sewing manufacturing industry. Our Advisory Council has advised us on the needs of the industry for specific skills to meet the needs of local employers. Members include:
Arctery'x (performance wear, Burnaby)
Nicole Bridger Designs (high end fashion, Vancouver)
Pure Magnolia (bridal wear, North Vancouver)
Christine Lingerie (lingerie, Vancouver)
Craftworks Society and Common Thread will also offer employment options.
Industry Partners
Tailored for Inclusion
Contact
:
admin@threadworkscommunity.ca
Framework
: Provide flexible and supportive training in industrial sewing and handwork/finishing leading to employment in the apparel and sewing manufacturing industry.

People

Involved
: Melanie Conn and Azadeh Hessami from Common Thread, Amanda Cairns and Cindy Jiang from Craftworks Society, Jonathan Hays from WorkBC
Funding
: City of Vancouver, Community Action Initiative, Vancouver Foundation and Vancity
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