Our Impact

Breaking Down Barriers to Entry

We identified that there are untapped skills within the Australian migrant and refugee community. Yet at the same time, there are enormous barriers to entry into the Australian manufacturing workspace: language, cultural nuances and commercial level skills.

We know that sewing is a highly visual skill, that language does not need to be a barrier and that respecting cultural nuances allows us all to thrive. We found a way to teach skills and provide a supportive work environment where people can ‘earn and learn’ and we are continually learning, together.

A Victorian First

Providing training programs and industry apprenticeships

We partner with Holmesglen Institute to provide training programs and industry apprenticeships to build skills and capabilities enabling the production of garments to a commercial standard.

The Holmesglen Institute ‘Certificate III in Clothing & Textile Production’ apprenticeship was a Victorian first, supporting training for the next generation of skilled workers to meet the needs of the clothing and textile industry, as well as creating new and meaningful opportunities for migrants and refugees.

The Holmesglen Institute - Assembled Threads partnership is a win-win for the students involved, and we hope a game-changer for the longevity of a local garment industry as a whole.”

Paid training hours
Paid apprenticeship hours
Certificates awarded
Apprenticeships awarded

4,373 paid training hours were received by 29 participants across 3 pilot programmes: Moonee Ponds, Geelong, and Brimbank. All training was successfully conducted at a hub embedded in a disadvantaged community.

9,706 paid apprenticeship hours delivered with workplace learning at the Assembled Threads hub complemented by structured training at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus.

29 participants completed Holmesglen course MSTSS00015 Industrial Sewing Skills Set. This two-week course enabled the students to build confidence and safely work on industrial sewing machines.

In a first for Victoria, students participated in Holmesglen’s Certificate III Clothing and Textile Production Apprenticeship. Commencing with ten apprentices, eight graduated in September 2022, an 80% completion rate. Industry average is 54%.

At Assembled Threads it's not just a uniform

What If Your Uniforms Could Change Lives

By investing in procuring your uniform and PPE needs with us, you support refugee, asylum seeker and migrant women seeking to rebuild their lives in a new country as we know lack of meaningful employment leads to economic loss, increased welfare and social services costs, plus reduced health and wellbeing.