What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
This particular project will address a fundamental issue around confidence building and employability, that of versatility. We know that our team are getting good at what they do with us but we want them to learn that they can do more than they think – many are pigeonholing themselves and we know they can do more. We want them to see that versatility and a broad skill base is key to them moving up either within our project or moving on externally – some of our team had good jobs in the countries they had to leave but have had their lives, expectations and self belief changed dramatically. Right now most of our team do one job here and that's it – we want them to be able to do all the jobs, and more, and then start asking us about office work so we can promote them...
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
TBDOf the women we have worked with, over 50% are ineligible for any financial support but they are all allowed to, and want to, work. We want to create a 'production line' of women coming into our organisation, being trained, training others, gaining transferable skills and leaving.
We have so far engaged with 60 women and we have a wraiting list of around the same number. We cannot take on any new trainees until we can move our current team members skills up.
What is your solution?
Our solution is supportive training and encouragement within a safe, woman only working environment. This particular training project will triple the skill set of our team – it will double their technical sewing and production skills and add significantly to their core skills of versatility, turning their hands to new jobs, and will give their self esteem a vital boost.
How will you deliver this?
We will deliver a training programme in our safe, trusted, women only working environment that is centred around understanding what our team can do, and takes in how best to build on that without shaking their nascent confidence. We will engage our regular trainer, an industry expert who our team love and who brings her knowledge of high end, high volume manufacturing in huge factories to our tiny unit and gives us the best bits of it. We'll teach new skills, use new machinery, and teach the team to look after that machine, make a new product, teach our team how to teach what they are learning, and importantly, we'll support them into being proud of their skills.