Welcome back to our blog! If you are a regular visitor on the blog you will realise that we are always talking about giving back and impacting our host community and the people. This week’s blog will familiarise you with some of the programs we have designed for this purpose, specifically the Student Tailoring program. I hope you enjoy this blog.
The student tailoring program is a three year program which we began early this year as a way to give back to the community as well as impact the lives of people in the communities around Assin-Fosu. The program allows the students who may originally have an interest in tailoring/fashion designing to gain hands on knowledge and skills from our team of skilled tailors. The program was designed to give the gift of knowledge to people who may not be able to afford university/fashion design schools for one reason or another.
The program was started in March 2017 and our first candidate is Vivian. The program is designed in a way that we allow the students to work for us as an all-round production assistant, which then allows him/her to earn a living whilst also gaining hands on knowledge and skills. With Vivian she first started with checking size charts, labeling, cutting, patterns and soon she would begin her first sewing classes.
Selection and Requirements
The selection process for the student tailoring program is handled mainly by our Director and General Manager Bala, since he knows the community very well. We select students based on willingness to learn, a commitment and feedback from community leaders. We allow one student per two/three tailors, this ensures that they get proper guidance and opportunity to learn properly.
Although Alhaji Bala is in charge of the program, he sends feedback to William who then ensures that there is no family bias. We want to provide an opportunity to people who genuinely need it and not based on favours.
This program was motivated by our desire to give back and to create an impact We want to give a gift that would last forever “I personally think education is the most powerful tool in the world” – William. So the motive is to empower the youth in and around Assin-Fosu through education.
The program is realitively new and may not have a lot of impact on the community yet but we intend to do more by scaling up the program as our company grows. We also don’t just stop with the student after the 3years. We do have options of either offering him or her a position with us or helping them set up their own place by providing their first industrial sewing machine.
Growth and Future Plans
So far the program has been off to a good start and just recently we received two interns from The University of Cape Coast. They are completing their internship with us and this will help them practicalise all they have learnt. Now our reach is extending beyond Assin Fosu, our dream however is to continue to expand the program as we experience more growth in our business.
This is the first part of a two part blog post. The next part will introduce you to our student and will also give you a little insight in how well she has learnt so far. Please stay tuned for that!
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