The Sewing Salon Training Program (SSTP) teaches the vocational skills of and Industrial Sewing Machine Operator SSTP is a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the Missouri and United States Department of Labor. AS the Related Training Instructor (RTI), we teach Industrial Sewing Machine Operations and then partner with local employers for On the Job (OTJ) paid Apprenticeship opportunities.
Classes are taught by experienced industry professionals who are active in the marketplace. This vocational training teaches the operator skills on a variety of machines and industrial production systems and methods to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the industrial sewing marketplace.
Overall, the SSTP Apprenticeship program takes place over an average of 20 months. Eight (8) months of Related Training Instruction at The Sewing Labs facility and then On The Job PAID Apprenticeship with a local employer toward a Certification from US DOL (apprentice must complete 2000 hours OTJ and be registered into the MO Jobs system in order to earn certification) In addition the Smart Money for Small Business program is taught by local business professionals, each with a deep knowledge of the business aspect they teach - including local entrepreneurs as guest speakers.
The coursework includes but is not limited to
- 12-15 weeks of Fundamental Domestic and Construction Skills
- 15 - 18 weeks of Industrial Production & Operator skills
- 12 sessions of Entrepreneurial Lessons include virtual meeting and coursework
- Site visits of local employers and workrooms to understand the industry
- Resume and Interview training
- Professional mentoring from local business persons to support the individual with the journey
- Mentoring from Industry Professional as needed while entering workforce.
- Access to Microloans Services
- Alumni activities such as: Jobs postings, Professional development sessions, networking
* The Sewing Labs and its Employer Partner will adhere to established non-discriminatory and Equal Employment Opportuity (EEO) policies and practices when recruiting and selecting apprentices and will administer the selection process in a fair and consisitent manner.
* Every person requesting an application will have one made available.
* All applicants will be required to provide supporting documents (US driver's licence; birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age, and social security card) Must have documentation to prove work eligibity in the United States.
* Eligible starting age of 16 years.
* Must be able to perform the essential functions of this occupation with/without reasonable accomodations and without posting a direct threat to the health and safety of the individuals and others.
* Basic understanding of the English language.
* Participant is NOT required to know how to sew but willing to learn
* Participant must participante in a PAID On The Job learning experience with a local OTJ Apprenticeship employer partner for 2000 hours.