Sewing training in Oldham now available through Great Places and the Pakistani Community Centre

18 January 2013 Last updated at 13:32

  • Women in Oldham will be trained in industrial over-locking sewing

A total of 30 women will be trained in industrial over-locking sewing through a partnership in Oldham.

Pakistani Community Centre in partnership with Azura Furnishings and Great Places Housing Group received £11,000 funding from the European Social Fund to provide employability training.

An open day to recruit participants will take place on Thursday 24th January at the community centre in Marlborough Street, Glodwick, from 10am to 2pm. Women who are currently unemployed are eligible for the training.

Cushion-making company Azura soft furnishings, in West End Street, will provide the training. The programme includes coaching, mentoring and training in English as a Second Language, computers, employability, volunteering and personal development.

Mohammed Ansar, manager at the PCC, said:  “We are hoping to provide a full package of training and support to 30 women so that some will feel able to apply for jobs and others will be nearer that stage.
 

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With the cuts and the recession, we are seeing a greater demand for our services. Our work club, employability work and this project will provide some much-needed help.

Mohammed Ansar, manager at the PCC
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“We are working with Great Places, Azura Furnishings and other partners to help people into jobs. With the cuts and the recession, we are seeing a greater demand for our services. Our work club, employability work and this project will provide some much-needed help.”

PCC staff and partners will be available at the open day to answer questions or you can contact Bader Chohan or Mohammed Ansar on 0161 628 4800 for further information.

Fesser Majid, of Azura, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside the PCC and Great Places in increasing the skills and employability of our local community. Sewing skills in an industrial environment is fast becoming rare commodity. We want to help people get jobs – and meet the demand out there for skilled machinists.”

Shoab Akhtar, great communities manager at Great Places Housing Group, which helped with the funding application, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in bringing this opportunity to people in Oldham. This is a great chance for local women to learn a new skill that’s in demand.”


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