The IRC in Boise will launch a new Industrial Sewing Pre-Apprenticeship program this April to upskill and train participants as industrial sewing technicians. The two-month program will be free and open to all -- refugee, immigrant, and US-born individuals.
Registration is open now, and classes will be held from April to June on evenings and Saturdays, and a summer class will start in August.
Many people who arrive through the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) are talented with international sewing experience and training, and have expressed interest in entering this career path. However, some may lack of the technical knowledge and practical experience. This program will provide such training and create unique employment opportunities to all trainees, particularly women.
Trainees in the industrial sewing program can expect to:
- Learn how to use industrial machines and equipment
- Learn manufacturing terminology & processes
- Meet employers & interview for a year-long paid apprenticeship in industrial sewing
- Obtain a job and certificate in Industrial Sewing
Graduates will earn nationally recognized industrial sewing technician credentials and can expect to earn an average of $13 per hour to start, but after three years could be making as much as $16.50 per hour.
The IRC in Boise is also working with three Treasure Valley manufacturers that have identified a demand for workers trained to operate sophisticated, high speed sewing equipment used to produce a range of cloth goods, from heavy-duty outdoor, professional, and military gear to women’s athletic apparel.
To apply for the Industrial Sewing Pre-Apprenticeship class, fill out this form.
For any questions or to request more info, contact Rebecca at 208-391-3177, Rrebecca.Wilkey [at] rescue.org.