A social enterprise founded to help tackle long-term unemployment
Established in February 2021, Assembled Threads is a social enterprise founded to help tackle long-term unemployment for disadvantaged groups by providing training and employment in garment manufacturing at an ethical wage. Our solution is to match a market need (the procurement of uniforms) to a social need (employment).
Our Pilot Programme
Assembled Threads began as a pilot collaboration for a community manufacturing hub with the Moonee Valley City Council and the Flemington Housing Estate. It ran for 12 weeks with partner Holmesglen delivering a two-week commercial skills training program.
A Social Enterprise
On completion of the pilot phase, both Assembled Threads and Holmesglen saw an opportunity. A decision was taken to formally establish a social enterprise to support and enrol the team in a newly created Apprenticeship in Clothing and Textile Production. Ten apprentices were employed for the commencement of an 18 month apprenticeship with Holmesglen focused on training the team to a skilled level as a garment technician. The apprentices working 3 days a week, with one day teacher training and two days inhouse training on the machines in the hub.
Trialling the Hub
Creating Ongoing Employment
With the hub model tested, Assembled Threads received a grant from the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) to fund two 8-week community hub pilot projects and training 20 new workers.
The pilots, established in Geelong and Brimbank, demonstrated the viability of the AT model as a valuable training program with the ability to create ongoing employment for disadvantaged people.
Building Skills and Community
In March 2022, Assembled Threads continued to evolve and outgrew the Moonee Ponds Hub location moving to new premises in North Melbourne.
At the same time, the support of a Social Enterprise Support Grant through the Victorian Government, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, enabled the purchase of four items including a cutting table with manual fabric cutter and three specialist machines: a bar tack, an eyelet, and a snap fastener machine.
The investment in new premises enabled new equipment to be purchased though the grant which has provided the opportunity for the team to expand their skills and continuously learn.