Embocraft’s sewing courses have proven to be very valuable to the communities. Not only are trainees provided with an opportunity for income generation, they learn a skill that is very practical and useful in their everyday lives. The sewing courses are product based and are taught using either hand machines or electric domestic machines. Trainees learn the basic principles of sewing through hands on experience and production of a variety of items. On completion of each course, participants receive a tool kit and portfolio, including: patterns, reference material and products made.
The Train-the-Trainer programme follows the same structure as the Basic course but also incorporates the teaching of others. Basic hand sewing machines and accessories are given to each trainee who in turn has to teach 2 members of their community each week, thus creating a multiplying effect. This program not only teaches basic sewing training but also allows participants to gain experience in: practical training, implementation of lesson plans, structuring a teaching program and the evaluation of others work.
Products such as baby carriers, running shorts, girl’s dresses, cushion covers, aprons, hats and waistcoats are all examples of what the trainees are taught to make.