Gap to expand education scheme throughout garment industry

30 September 2015

Retailer Gap is expanding an education programme as part of its commitment to advance the lives of one million women by 2020.

The company said it would expand its life-skills education programme Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (PACE), throughout the company’s global supply chain and in communities around the world.

Gap initially offered the programme in factories manufacturing its products after starting it in 2007. In 2012 the company expanded the program into community settings. Now Gap said it would also open the programme to global partners and other corporations to broaden its reach.

The expanded PACE programme will include collaborations with new partners, including others in the garment industry, corporations, development agencies, and NGOs.

Through a no-fee, franchise-type model, the new partners will receive extensive training on the PACE curriculum, which will be expanded to include a new educational program for girls in the community, ages 13-18, and a new women’s leadership curriculum.

PACE offers life-skills classes to female garment workers, and up to 80 hours of classes in subject areas such as communication skills, financial literacy, time and stress management, and problem solving and decision-making.

“PACE’s newly expanded life-skills education program is designed to meet the needs of women and girls wherever they are in their lives,” said Dotti Hatcher, Gap executive director, PACE global programs. “The new curricula will give girls the skills, confidence and technical abilities they need to change the trajectory of their lives and empower women to lead their communities. We believe in advancing women to advance the world.”

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