Responsibility as a family tradition
Indonesia - Siegwerk takes multi-project approach with 2020 Lighthouse Project (Indonesia)
YouthCan! in Indonesia and Colombia
YouthCan! is an SOS program which supports young people who have lost parental care or are at risk of losing it as they move towards establishing a career and living on their own. Siegwerk is continuing to support young adults in Indonesia (now in our third year) and in Colombia (our second year) with the expertise of local Siegwerk employees to help develop student’s professional qualifications through volunteering as role models, trainers and mentors.
In Indonesia, Siegwerk, DHL, and Akzo Nobel will work together with the local SOS team to create synergies in youth employment. All three companies will support various young people in a program that begins with workshop level training through to company internships at each organization.
Siegwerk has been supporting SOS Children's Village for 10 years now. While the original program is aimed at helping younger children, the new YouthCan! Initiative seeks to train teenagers between 16 to 20 in professional self-indepence. This program takes place in the SOS Children's Village Jakarta, Indonesia.
As a first step, ten young people will receive an intensive, month-long training by a sewing and tailoring specialist. During this time, they learn the basic knowledge and relevant skills of professional tailoring. The aim is to enable the young participants to produce and sell tailored goods. The aim is for them to have the ability to operate independently, earn their own income and at the same time be able to support their families financially. In the long term, this program seeks to improve the living situation of the people involved .
Looking even further into the future, SOS Indonesia aims to expand this small business initiative. Through a "Train the Trainer" approach, the first participants will then also introduce sewing and tailoring skills to other young people from their community. This way, production can be increased and more families can benefit from the income and economic performance.
The first incoming orders for the apprentice tailors were from schools and kindergartens. In Indonesia, children playfully learn about various professions by putting on the related workwear or uniforms. Five hundred of these will be produced by the young tailors-in-training, made possible by a financial donation from Siegwerk to make necessary material and training available.