INDIANAPOLIS — Recently, Pattern Indy was awarded $50,000 from the United Way's social innovation fund. With that money, they plan to host a certified training program with "Stitch Works."
The training curriculum will fulfill a need for workers in the industrial sewing industry, which has proved vital during this pandemic.
Stitch Works wants to emphasize their recruitment to poverty-vulnerable individuals, recent immigrants, and recent high school graduates.
Police Osherov is the executive director of Pattern and says they plan to hire some of the trainees.
"We would like to hire some of these people ourselves just because it's a production facility or being contacted on a regular basis by a variety of different companies from companies that make bedsheets to ironing board covers to solopreneurs who want to launch a collection, or like make hoodies and, you know, everything in between," Osherov said.
Applications for the new training aren't open just yet, but Osherov says they hope to have them posted next month.
They are also looking for monetary donations and industrial sewing machines. Their goal is to help 200 Hoosiers find jobs in the next five years.