The Centre for Childs Rights and Business (The Centre) and Save the Children Germany have partnered with s.Oliver, a high-profile brand in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector with suppliers in Bangladesh to implement a youth development programme.
This programme creates decent work opportunities for out-of-school and vulnerable youth and provides factories with a skilled, young workforce. The programme recruits out-of-school youth and creates a supportive environment that meets their specific development needs while complying with international and local regulatory requirements. By building up the capacity of factory management to provide on-the-job training to young workers, s.Oliver is creating an enabling working environment that meets the specific development needs of these young workers.
Underprivileged youth were provided with vocational skills training, including screen printing and sewing, for a duration of 3 to 6 months and received a certificate on completing the training. The young trainees also received life skills training covering areas such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and concepts related to gender-based violence, which helped create a supportive environment for young workers.
The Centre developed the recruitment criteria for the programme, and 44 trainees have so far been onboarded at three different factories in Bangladesh. The fact that the long-term goal of the partnership is to build and sourcing factories' capacity to continue running the youth development programme independently is commendable. This demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and a recognition of the importance of empowering local communities to take ownership of their own development.
By partnering with The Centre and Save the Children Germany, s.Oliver has taken a step towards creating a more just and equitable society. The youth development programme is delivering a more educated and skilled workforce, with associated positive economic impacts. Furthermore, the programme is promoting social inclusion by delivering support to youth who might otherwise be excluded from mainstream society and excluded from decent work opportunities, thus helping to create a more just and equitable society.
The Centre's young worker services support young people to achieve their full potential, contributing to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Our Training for Young Workers and Managers reduces risks related to young worker management, while our Youth Development Programme connects out-of-work youth with training and support for factories to cultivate a motivated, young workforce.
Contact us to discuss how our young workers services can deliver benefits in your supply chain.
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