Sewing for Self-Employment

Ref: C3127007

This course encompasses all aspects of advanced dressmaking in order to prepare the learners for employment in the textile industry. Potential opportunities include opening their own boutique or working for an organization that specializes in dressmaking. Learners will build on their existing techniques and focus on how to take the measurements of their clients so that they can tailor their work to their client's choice. In addition, learners will acquire marketing skills such as building a facebook page and creating posters in order to advertise themselves and their work. They will also build on essential communicative skills such as working in a team and sharing designs and ideas amongst their peers, as this will prepare them for future employment.

Course aim

This dressmaking course is aimed at advanced learners and its purpose is to build on their existing skills and familiarize them with tools that they can use to market their work such as facebook. This is to prepare them for self-employment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Taking body measurements in order to tailor garment according to size
  • Building up communication skills through working in a group
  • Demonstrate awareness of how social media can be used to promote your work/business
  • Create a garment through using body measurements
  • Produce your own pattern

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Sewing for Self-Employment

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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