BCWS provides a range of trainings to develop the leadership and practical skills of workers
BCWS provides two types of leadership training – one designed for both female and male workers and other particularly geared towards female workers. The purpose of these trainings is to provide workers with the leadership skills necessary to advance to higher levels of responsibility – from worker to factory-level leader, from factory-level leader to organizer and beyond. Providing workers with the tools they need to become better leaders also helps to ensure that BCWS remains democratic and attuned to the needs and concerns of workers on the ground. The leadership trainings are one to three days long and participants can advance through all three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced.
The Women’s Leadership Training program is a 3-4-hour long training program designed for women workers who have the potential to become organizers at their factories. The topics covered in this training are: women’s rights, workplace safety and security, gender-based violence at the workplace and community and how to take action against different types violence and exploitation.
Basic computer training
The computer trainings complement BCWS’ efforts to strengthen the capacity of workers to demand their rights. The subjects covered in the trainings include basic computer skills (MS Word, MS Office Excel, Power Point, etc.), browsing the internet, use of smartphones and apps, email, using social media and writing blogs. Through these trainings, workers are able to easily communicate with BCWS, brands and oversight institutions, prepare written complaints and present evidence. BCWS provides further guidance and assistance to the workers on taking complaints forward if rights violations and harassment occurs.