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TAILORING

CRAFTING CAREERS

"The intellect always cuts and divides like a pair of scissors. The heart sews things together and unites like a needle. The tailor uses both."

Mata Amritanandamayi

WHY CRAFTING CAREERS?

​The Crafting Careers Program is aimed at people affected by forced migration and/or unemployment. The goal of the program is to provide high-quality technical sewing skills, awareness of rights and responsibilities of the Greek labour market and improved language skills. The program is tailored to meet the demands of the fashion production industry and provides opportunities for talented individuals. 

 

According to a recent UNHCR report, a significant number of refugees in Greece possess craft and related trade skills, yet a staggering 76% are currently unemployed.

The main barriers they face are language proficiency and limited access to legal employment opportunities. With 45% reporting worsening financial situations, it is evident that a comprehensive course offering free professional training, employment prospects, and a focus on vocational and language skills is urgently needed to bridge these gaps.

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PROGRAM
GOALS

  • ​​develop students’ technical tailoring skills in sewing and pattern-making

  • raise students’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities as employees within the Greek 

  • improve students’ Greek language skills, relevant to the industry

  • train people in practical skills which have direct relevance to real market needs in Greece

  • provide a concrete route to internship or employment

  • contributing positively to the ongoing process of students’ inclusion process within Greece

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PILLARS OF THE PROGRAM

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Tailoring

  • Marking and cutting

  • Taking measurements

  • Sewing exercises: straight lines, turns, start and finishing, etc.

  • Adding accessories (zippers, buttons, etc.)

  • Pattern making

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Greek language

  • Sewing vocabulary (tools, fabrics, clothes, common orders, etc.)

  • Verbs needed when working in the industry

  • Small dialogues

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Employability

  • Introduction to the bureaucratic needs for employment

  • CV Writing

  • Rights and responsibilities of an employee

  • Interview preparation

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