Stuart Webster talks about the importance of training within a social compliance program

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a five-day look into one of WRAP’s most exciting training courses, taught by our Vice President of Training and Education Stuart Webster to third-year honors students in the Fashion Management degree program at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). AMFI students will learn the ins-and-outs of factory certification, social compliance practices and challenges, and the role of audits and WRAP certification in the apparel and fashion industry.

Monday marked the first day of WRAP’s fourth annual social compliance course taught at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

After introducing himself, WRAP’s Vice President of Training and Education Stuart Webster, dove right into to a hands-on exercise—asking students to interview each other.

Divided into pairs, students asked each other the following questions:
– Who they are?
– Where are they from?
– How many audits have they done?
– What they hope to get fro the course?
– How do they rate their social compliance knowledge? 1-10
– Anything else of interest. (Family, hobbies, etc.)

Webster then asked the class why they did the exercise. The room was silent. “Well, you’ve just conducted an audit interview,” he replied.

Webster then provided a brief history of social compliance—from the Triangle Factory Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 to the various social compliance and labor abuse scandals of the 1990s and the 2000s.

This was the first of many interactive exercises of the day—color-coded flashcards, group activities and friendly competitions, social compliance jigsaw puzzles and more kept students engaged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the course, Webster showed photos, videos, and played music.

Best of all, students who answered questions correctly were awarded with a variety of rewards for their excellent contributions and whole-hearted participation.

The course runs this week—January 30 to February 3, 2012. Throughout the session, WRAP will feature live updates from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute on Twitter, Facebook and the WRAP blog.


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