Editor’s Note: This is the third 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.
The third day of the course focused on the principles of health and safety and the environment.
Throughout the day, the students participated in approximately six interactive group activities and prepared for their trip to the fictitious country of GooBaBa, where they will conduct a full factory audit on the fourth day of the course.
Beginning on a positive note, Webster and his students brainstormed positive components of health and safety that can be found in factories, including: natural daylight, fresh air, empty working halls, clean working areas, ventilation, clean bathrooms, sanitary drinking water, sealed chemicals, health kits and more.
Then, Webster and the students played “Rate the Risk,” in which Webster showed pictures of health and safety issues—from electrical cords near flammable objects, blocked fire exits, water faucets near electrical cords, locked water faucets, alligators in rivers, and more—and students had to spot the safety problems and propose solutions.
In the afternoon, students engaged in another group exercise—drawing the safety components of factory cafeterias and dormitories then presenting their drawings to the class with laser pointer.
One of the most notable components of Webster’s style of accelerated learning is that activities and subject matter build upon eachother as the course continues. On the first day, students engaged in an activity where they laid out simple processes like making a cup of coffee and washing their hair. Today, calling upon what they learned in the first day’s activity, students laid out the steps required to conduct a process-based auditing.
Webster uses stress relief techniques—with students playing with and twirling pipe cleaners throughout the day. “It’s not about toys, it’s about maintaining attention, getting students involved, and relieving any anxiety or stress that may be present,” he said.
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. For tweets on the subject, look for the hashtag #WRAPatAMFI.
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