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Working together towards our social mission:
Our manufacturing and retail operations account for 70% of our organisation's activities. Our training programs account for 30% of our organisation's activities.
We are fully accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, which means that our operations are fully transparent and legally compliant. All of our employees receive wages and entitlements in line with Australian Awards, and work in a safe and ethical environment.
We employ women from the refugee and new migrant community as part of our sewing technician employment program, making all of The Social Outfit's garments and accessories on site. These are paid positions, and for the majority of our sewing staff are their first job in Australia.
These placements run from 6 months to 2 years, and are designed to transition people into external paid employment.
We employ young people from the refugee and new migrant community as part of our retail employment program, providing paid placements to learn retail skills and confidence in a supported Australian environment.
These placements run from 6 months to 2 years, and are designed to transition young people into external paid employment.
We offer community training programs in sewing and design free of charge for the new migrant and refugee community. Our sewing programs are often run in partnership with TAFE NSW, and our design programs are run in partnership with various settlement service organisations in Western Sydney.
These programs usually run between 4-10 weeks, and participants acquire measurable new technical and interpersonal skills, as well as confidence and information to access further training or employment.
Naw Esther assists with the effective running of the day-to-day operations of our manufacturing workroom, and produces high-quality clothing and other products for sale by The Social Outfit.
SEWING TRAINER & MANUFACTURING MANAGER
Joanne teaches and trains students and Sewing Technicians in garment sewing, clothing manufacture, retail and design skills in line with Australian Fashion Industry standards, and leads the day-to-day operations of The Social Outfit’s manufacturing workroom.
RETAIL, SALES & MARKETING MANAGER
Jessica Lee Parker
Jessica leads the day-to-day operations of The Social Outfit’s retail and online store, and all our Sales & Marketing workplans.
FOUNDER & CEO
Jackie leads the day-to-day operations of The Social Outfit, including operational, financial and staff management, as well as organisational strategy, stakeholder relations and communications, and fundraising.