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Thrive Through Employment

The Social Outfit

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Early childhood - aged under 6
Project Focus
Project Area
Australia
Metro

Project Description

Each year up to 16 young refugee, asylum seeker and new migrant women will be engaged in The Social Outfit’s Retail Training Program. Recruited via our partner networks of settlement agencies, suitable trainee candidates are offered 3-months paid work-experience, one day per week, in retail customer service at The Social Outfit’s clothing store in Newtown. The traineeship follows a 12-module training manual prepared in consultation with a retail training professional. Training is delivered also in online modules and learning is consolidated in our live training environment by our qualified retail trainer. Classes in financial literacy further enhance the experience for trainees, ensuring they have the skills to manage their money once they start earning. Australian Workplace Training, mentoring and Job-Readiness training is included, covering CV writing, interview skills and career pathway advice. Upon completion of the traineeship, our network of 25+ industry partners supports us in placing the trainees in job #2.

Expected Outcomes

1. Provision of employment, training and employment pathways for young refugee women.
Our Retail Training Program will employ and train 12-16 young refugee women each year (approximately 110 contact hours per trainee) with a goal of transitioning 80% of trainees to ongoing external employment.

2. Development of retail skills, knowledge of Australian workplace standards and practices.
Trainees will report an increase in retail skills and knowledge of Australian workplace standards and practices.

3. Increased sense of belonging, confidence, networks and connections.
(Community Staff Member says) “I am thrilled that I am practising my English and that I am learning so much about Australian culture. I am feeling a sense of belonging.”
(Community Staff Member says) "It makes me feel normal to work here. I've got a job, and I work in a shop – it's a normal life – which is nice. I get to work with people in the same situation as me. I see other people’s skills and we talk.”

Project Data & Lessons

We report on social impact annually through qualitative and quantitative measures utilising our logic model and impact framework and our impact figures are published on our website, here: https://thesocialoutfit.org/pages/impact

Formal acquittal reports are provided to our philanthropic funders for the specific projects they support.

Quarterly Donor Newsletters are shared with all our current donors, to detail the impact of their support.

Storytelling via photos, blog posts and videos happens weekly on an ad hoc basis through our social channels, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Project Dates

Update
This is an ongoing project. We recruit every 3 months and support 12-16 trainees each year.

Funding Details

$15,000
Funding Needed
$45,000
Current Funding
$60,000
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Individual Donors
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions, Pro bono services

Organisation Details

The Social Outfit
ABN: 38909279395

Contact

Kate Clugston
Phone: (02) 9550 3691

About The Social Outfit

We are a social enterprise fashion label founded with the purpose of supporting women from our refugee and new migrant communities to kick-start their Australian careers and thrive through employment. We operate an ethical manufacturing workroom and retail store in Newtown, Sydney. 100% of the income from our clothing sales go towards supporting our training and employment programs in retail, manufacturing and design. We’re passionate about sustainability too, our clothing collections use remnant fabrics donated by our fashion industry partners – we’ve saved 7.5 tonnes of fabric from landfill to date.

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