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 core training program takes place over an average of 8 months of training and then OTJ placement into Apprenticeship for work 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) Smart Money for Small Business program and are led and 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