Professional tailoring training
FWH Creations provides the funding for a 10-12 month intensive course in basic tailoring skills, tailoring, embroidery and pattern making at the Jacobs Well unit, during which time team members can start to develop any special talents. Our heart is to extend the opportunities we can offer in the local community and provide top-quality training opportunities for increasing numbers of vulnerable young people, equipping them to a high standard ready to start work and become financially independent. We aim to establish a separate training unit where young people with few employment prospects from the local community can learn the skills to start a fulfilling career, in addition to being supported in finishing their formal education.
The Jacobs Well team is multilingual and many of the girls speak three or four South Indian languages in their daily lives. With English being a vital language for modern business in India, we are committed to funding English classes for the staff in order to open up a wider range of career prospects and life opportunities for the future. Our tailors have completed five months of weekly spoken English classes while managerial staff attended an intensive daily course covering written and spoken English skills.
Encourage completion of school exams
A number of our tailors left school before completing their vital 10th Standard exams, equivalent to the British GCSE. These exams are essential for progressing on to further studies that would open the door to many more professional opportunities. In the most recent round of staff appraisals, several team members expressed a desire to complete their 10th Standard studies through evening and weekend classes, which will then enable them to take courses in skills such as pattern cutting and fashion design.
Provide access to further education
We are very keen to enable the staff of Jacobs Well to further their education, both in academic and vocational fields, in order to fulfil their own ambitions and desires. A highlight of this commitment so far has been Production Manager Lydia’s success on a Business Entrepreneurship Diploma where she graduated top of the class, winning investment funding for her planned family poultry business.
Health and social care
We are committed to the personal and social development of each of the employees and provide practical and emotional support when times get hard, be it struggles with family relationships or emergency support for healthcare and housing needs. An hour a week is taken out of the busy work schedule to provide an opportunity for the women to share their challenges and encourage each other. As well as using the local facilities for support, professional experts are contacted when help or advice is needed in matters of mental or physical abuse, healthcare or financial management. We are currently raising funds to rent a small house where those team members in need of safe alternative housing will be able to stay together.