Hello good people!!! It has been a VERY BUSY start to the year!!! Yes we started off our Beginners Course on Monday for the weekday option. The weekend option starts on Saturday at 2pm. The Bodices & Dressmaking Course kicked off today, though more people will be joining us next week so you can still register. And we are working on one or two more Courses coming up for which I have received a request. So yes it has been busy!
BUT this is a project I have been on for years now (since 2012 to be precise) though I never actually publicized it since I wanted to kind of test the concept first before going into it full time. We have been all over trying to search for machinists to place with fashion designers. I'm sure some of you may have heard me say a few times about going into the middle of Lagos Island to find people who could sew but did not have jobs so we could get them jobs with fashion designers. And over the months, we have placed tailors who have reached out to us with designers who needed them.
Has it been a breeze?! Of course not! After testing them in-house, there were a lot of issues BOTH with the designers and the machinists themselves. I'm sure you must have remembered my posts "A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers" Part 1 & Part 2 . You can click on the links to read them and gosh it has NOT been easy!
Yes we have faced a lot of issues and we realized we needed to change our strategy if we really want this to work.
So we know there are many people out there who need jobs - especially the underserved in the society. Those with little or no education who deserve a break in life. This really goes out to them because we want to give them an opportunity to earn an income to take care of themselves and their families. I know chances are many of them probably won't see this post but I am guessing you may know one or two people who fit this bill and who you can vouch for to a certain extent. These are the people we need. We are hoping to make an impact and reduce the unemployment level around here - what you would call social entrepreneurship.
Here is what I posted on our Instagram Page. The flyer pretty much says everything but I'll just add the instagram post as well just in case.
"Calling out to NGOs who have wards and the underserved in the community who need to earn a living to take care of themselves and their families.
This is a project we've been working on in order to bridge the gap and help the unemployed earn an income. If you know anyone who fits the criteria in the flyer, please get them to contact us!
Please note that this initiative is targeted at those who want TO WORK in clothing production and EARN AN INCOME not start a fashion business. So if you know anyone willing to become a machinist, commonly called "joiner", please get them to contact us.
Requirements?! Willing to learn and hardworking, CANNOT sew (this is vital), must be able to read and speak basic English (so anyone with a secondary school education is welcome to apply), must be honest and dependable, must have a guarantor and MUST be between the ages of 18 and 30.
There will be interviews, tests and exams and only those who pass will move on to the job recruitment stage. Please contact us on the numbers in the flyers if you know anyone who fits the bill.
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Yes this is it! We want to train them from scratch so they can work on production lines and with fashion designers. If you know anyone who knows anyone who knows anyone, please refer them to us. I am sure everyone will be really happy our young ones are fully engaged so they don't get into the wrong hands.
I say this again - this is NOT for you if you want to become a fashion designer. This is for those who want to work for fashion designers. We are searching for complete novices. BUT if you can sew, you can also contact us if you are searching for a job and we can place you with a designer. Just contact us through any of the means below:
Tel: 0814 708 0041 | WhatsApp: 0809 787 6075 ; 0809 079 8909
E-Mail: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much as you lend a helping hand and God bless you for your efforts (no emotional blackmail intended whatsoever).
Please feel free to forward, repost, share, tag and spread this flyer far and wide across your social media platforms.