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Women work­ers get ‘P.A.C.E.’ in their lives with Gap Inc. and Ori­ent Craft

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Hun­dreds of women work­ers across var­i­ous states of In­dia have been able to im­prove their lives with the help of in­ter­na­tional ap­parel re­tailer Gap

Inc. and its sup­pli­ers like Ori­ent Craft (OC). P.A.C.E. (Per­sonal Ad­vance­ment & Ca­reer En­hance­ment), an ini­tia­tive cre­ated by Gap Inc., fo­cuses on mod­ules like com­mu­ni­ca­tion; prob­lem solv­ing and de­ci­sion mak­ing; time and stress man­age­ment; and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy. Ori­ent Craft, one of In­dia’s top ap­parel ex­porter with a turnover of more than US $ 230 mil­lion, re­cently had a clos­ing cer­e­mony of the first batch of P.A.C.E. par­tic­i­pants at one of its fac­tory in Gur­gaon. A skit pre­sented by fe­male work­ers of the fac­tory beau­ti­fully dis­played the im­pact and ef­fec­tive­ness of the P.A.C.E. pro­gram. To mo­ti­vate the P.A.C.E. grad­u­ates to take up lead­er­ship roles in their lives and to en­hance their ca­reer, OC’s man­age­ment con­ducted tech­ni­cal test­ing. As a re­sult, they have pro­moted three top P.A.C.E. trained fe­males to the post of su­per­vi­sors and QCs. By do­ing so, the OC’s man­age­ment has set a great ex­am­ple for all fe­males in their fa­cil­i­ties to scale up the lad­der. By 2020, OC has a tar­get plan to ex­pand the P.A.C.E. pro­gram to 15,000 fe­males across all their wo­ven and sweater units, train­ing cen­tres and nearby com­mu­nity in Jhark­hand and Ra­jasthan.

Happy with the over­all im­prove­ment of fe­male work­ers, Sud­hir Dhin­gra, CMD of the com­pany, is of the opin­ion that P.A.C.E. will help women ad­dress the male-dom­i­nated mind­set of In­dian so­ci­ety, and he wants more and more fe­male work­ers to par­tic­i­pate in such train­ing pro­grams and take lead­er­ship roles in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Prashant Das, Man­ager, P.A.C.E. Global Ini­tia­tives, Gap Inc. shared that the pro­gram has ex­panded to more than 16 coun­tries around. He thanked Ori­ent Craft for their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­thu­si­asm in im­ple­ment­ing P.A.C.E.

Ar­chana To­mar Mann, VP, Com­pli­ance, CSR, Train­ing & Devel­op­ment told Ap­parel On­line that P.A.C.E. has re­ally helped fe­male work­ers to fo­cus and im­prove on their life skills. As a re­sult, it has helped them to im­prove their self-con­fi­dence and be­lief and now they are able to fo­cus on their work-life bal­ance in a bet­ter way. These life skills are re­ally paramount for get­ting ahead in the work­place and in per­sonal lives too. P.A.C.E. has helped the fe­male work­ers re­alise their true po­ten­tial and to have their own voice.

Team Ori­ent Craft and Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. team at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the first batch of P.A.C.E. trained and cer­ti­fied women work­ers at 7 D Gur­gaon

The skit pre­sented by fe­male work­ers of the fac­tory beau­ti­fully dis­played the im­pact and ef­fec­tive­ness of the P.A.C.E. pro­gram

Prashant Das, Man­ager, P.A.C.E. Global Ini­tia­tives, Gap Inc. ad­dress­ing the event

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