Posted 02 October 2016 - 11:49 PM
Are you looking for tailors for the school or to fulfil orders for garments?
Does the school have a focus on complete garment construction?
For many years I was responsible for conducting "sewing tests" for interested job applicants. These tests were 4 hours long with up to eight applicants doing the test at the same time.
We had all kinds of people apply, from students who had taken fashion design courses, to people with home sewing experience and some with not much more than an interest in the theatre and need for a job.
To be honest, the sewing test was only partly for assessing sewing skills. It had a lot to do with attitude, attention to detail, being able to read the instructions and follow the process as written, and to be comfortable asking questions, to be able to work in a group, to be able to accept instruction when it was given....
People with the skills it takes to be able to tailor come from all backgrounds and walks of life.
I have working with me now, a former teacher of needlecraft originally from Switzerland, another Swiss woman who trained as a master carpenter and a nurse, a former schoolbusdriver, and a former fashion design student.
Every one of the people we hire needs to learn the process (some from almost scratch) and it is quickly obvious whether or not they had the ability to move forward.
The difficulty these days is being able to keep them in the business. We have had budget cutbacks resulting in fewer new hires and the day is fast approaching that some of our most experienced people will retire and we don't seem to have enough newer people coming in who will get enough training before that happens.
i don't think enough people know that this kind of work exists, but I am sure there are many people out there who like to work with their hands (and minds) and I dont feel that it is supported enough through the school system. There has been a big push in the past number of years to get people into the trades, but the emphasis is on plumbers, electricians, carpenters and the like. Garment work rarely if ever comes up.
On the other hand there seems to be a lot more general, hobby interest online in sewing as well as knitting and other hands on arts, so perhaps that will trickle down somehow.
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