Nobody Denim tailoring jobs for Victorians
Published: 19 June 2018
Its jeans are worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Emily Blunt and Miranda Kerr.But it’s a partnership between renowned Australian brand Nobody Denim and the Victorian Government that is shaping up to be a perfect fit for Christopher and Hay Ta Gey.
The pair are Nobody Denim jean grinders, adding the final touches to the globally-recognised garments. They are employed under the government’s $90 million Jobs Victoria program, an initiative creating jobs for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers.
Christopher and Hay Ta Gey are both refugees from the Karen Community in Myanmar, now living in Werribee, who struggled to find jobs when they first arrived in Victoria due to their limited local work experience.
But with the support of Jobs Victoria partner Westgate Community Initiatives Group, both Christopher and Hay Ta Gey were referred to the jean grinder roles at Nobody Denim.
Founded in 1999 by John Condolis, the local manufacturer oversees the total manufacturing process from fabric sourcing to fit and finish, with the washing, dying and distressing taking place at its Fitzroy factory.
Nobody Denim is also accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions for staff.
The Jobs Victoria program is breaking down barriers to employment through a whole-of-government approach that helps long-term jobseekers. So far, more than 6,100 Victorians have found work thanks to the initiative, including more than 630 asylum seekers and refugees. To learn more about Jobs Victoria, visit jobs.vic.gov.au
Watch the video below to see Christopher and Hay Ta at work at Nobody Denim.