A new training in Jonquière

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

The Commission scolaire De La Jonquière launches an all-new training program for operators of industrial sewing machines. In addition to giving a significant boost to the regional industry of the textile, struggling with a crying need for labor, its implementation could put the table in the recovery of Tailoring and alterations, interrupted a few years ago at the request of the department.

A first cohort consisting of about a dozen students gave the kick-off in mid-September, the PSC Jonquière. It is mainly students who wanted to return on the job market in a field of interest and offering good employment prospects. The deployment of the training of 420 hours, which will culminate in the obtaining of an attestation of vocational training, has been made possible thanks to a partnership involving the business service of the Commission scolaire De La Jonquière and the Comité sectoriel de main-d’oeuvre (CSMO) of the textile industry of Quebec located in Drummondville. Four regional companies are involved in the project: Perseids 3D, SEFAR BDH, Polar, + and Elevation design.

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

The teacher Guylaine Dessureault and Claude Bradet teach the business operator of industrial sewing machines to a new cohort of students in the PSC Jonquière.

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In order to be selected, applicants had to meet the requirements of industry partners, who pay a salary to the future operators of industrial sewing machines, in addition to the guarantee of a job once the diploma awarded.

“When we give vocational training in Tailoring and alterations, the industry called us when she had the needs of the workforce. But since the department suspended the program for a possible recast, because this field is changing, we could not send anyone. We continued to have calls, which has made us aware that there were real needs in the region. Appeals are made to the CSMO and we decided to join forces. All of that is gone from among us-because as businesses we rang the bell”, sets the context for Nathalie Larouche, development officer at vocational training Center Jonquière, and in the Service business.

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

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Seduction reciprocal

Nathalie Larouche explains that in order to be admitted, the students, aged 19 to 60 years, had to pass a selection interview and get hired by one of the four companies associated to the project.

It was an exercise in seduction is mutual, as the applicants had a right to look at the place of training and their future employer. Given that each field of activity and work environment is different, and as of two days per week of training takes place between the walls of the company, it was a perfect match.

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

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All the candidates have found a shoe to their feet. Some are working on the manufacture of specialty clothing for police officers and firefighters, while others make their very own winter coats, or industrial filter.

“We wanted people who had no experience, but who had the taste to go in sewing. Our goal was to get people who were a little more distant from the labour market. We have done the advertising and we used Facebook to announce the formation. We also turned to the local employment Centre. We realized that on the territory of Jonquière, there were about 1400 people who were employable, but who were not working. We said, “where are these people?””, continues Nathalie Larouche.

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

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+ A LOGICAL ASSOCIATION

For the CFP Jonquière, the project is a winner because it allows you to dust off some of the specialized equipment that were no longer in use.

In addition, the use of teachers Claude Bradet and Guylaine Dessureault, aces of the seam, has enabled us to develop a program tailored to the needs of the students and the textile industry.

“We hope that the department will release the suspension of the training in sewing and we would like to continue to develop the program for operators of industrial sewing machines. We already have workshops, teachers, and partnerships with businesses,” explained Nathalie Larouche.

She said that all of the training is paid by the project partners. During the first 150 hours, three-quarters of the costs are borne by the sectoral Committee on labour (CSMO) of the textile industry in Quebec, while one-quarter is assumed by the companies. For 150 hours, the fee is shared half-and-half. Finally, for the last part of the training, the ratio is 25 per cent, CSMO and 75 percent employer.

Une nouvelle formation à Jonquière

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