For the WEALTH Project, H&M Indonesia has engaged multiple development partners with similar visions on the importance of health awareness and rights in the workplace: UNFPA, USAID represented by Jalin Project and ILO’s Women in STEM Project. The WEALTH Project, began in June 2019 to 2020, is aimed to promote rights in the workplace and increase the health awareness among factory workers, particularly women workers.
During the focus group discussions, the participating women workers testified that they sometime face problems with multiple possibilities to solve it. Yet, most them found it difficult to process the problems and identify the best solutions."Hirania Wiryasti, the Project Coordinator of ILO’s Women in STEM Project
As a specialized UN agency on labour and employment, the role of the ILO in the WEALTH Project is to provide training on soft skills in the workplace. The training would be conducted using the ILO’s soft skills training package named “In Business”. Using peer learning methodology, the training package consists of 15 modules, covering issues on: (a) cognitive skills such as problem solving, creative thinking and critical thinking; (b) interpersonal skills such as communication and reaching consensus and (c) self-management skills such as time management and self-awareness.
“During the focus group discussions, the participating women workers testified that they sometime face problems with multiple possibilities to solve it. Yet, most them found it difficult to process the problems and identify the best solutions,” said Hirania Wiryasti, the Project Coordinator of ILO’s Women in STEM Project. Other soft skills identified by the women workers included communications skills to create a productive dialogue with both fellow workers and the management.
For the training of trainers, the ILO would introduce two of 15 modules, focusing on the priority skills identified by the women workers during the focus group discussions: problem solving and reaching consensus. “This will serve as a pilot training with a possibility of full fledge soft skills training for workers in H&M supplier factories,” Hirania added.
The activities conducted by the WEALTH Project at the national level are linked with the Women Workers’ Health and Productivity Movement (GP2SP) initiated by four ministries: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. It is also linked to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 on Gender Equality, 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth and 17 on Partnerships for the Goals.
Funded by J.P Morgan Chase Foundation, the ILO’s STEM Project is focused on four programme strategies: skills gap identification, skills upgrading, job placement and in-company developing and mentoring. This regional programme covers three countries: Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.