>Parent Training (including migrant parent training)
Parent Training (including migrant parent training)
The Centre’s Parenting Training service strengthens workers’ (in particular migrant workers’) parenting skills. Whether the family lives together, or parenting has to be done remotely, our parents training helps parents build closer relationships with their children, while at the same time helping factories address such challenges as high turnover; distracted or unproductive workers; low worker morale and trust in management.
To meet the varied needs of production sites and their workforce, The Centre offers customised parenting sessions which can be tailored to support migrant workers who live separately from their children (migrant parents training), as well as those who live with their children. Trainings are available in basic and advanced modules, with advanced training generally offered to those parents who’ve successfully completed the basic training and wish to strengthen their parenting skills further.
The Centre’s migrant parent training sessions are available both onsite or online to enable workers to get continued parenting support during the pandemic. To date, we have delivered parenting training to support workers in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vietnam.
Working parents with children aged 0-18 years old, especially migrant workers separated from their children or migrant workers living with their children but who nonetheless spend little time with them.
Parenting Training Topics
The training programme covers all or a selection of the following themes (depending on the training type chosen i.e. basic, advanced and the local context). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have further adapted our parenting training to cover coping mechanisms for the additional stress brought on by school closures and home schooling, travel restrictions, job insecurity etc.
Understanding children at different ages and their needs
Dealing with stressful times and anxiety
Making the most of your time with your child
Good communication techniques to use with your children
Child protection (bullying, cyber safety, sex education, child labour risks, child marriage etc.)
Home schooling your children and effective remote communication
Hygiene and health during COVID-19; identifying the signs of distress and how to protect your child
The importance of self-care as a parent
Migrant parent training aims break cycles of detachment and give parents the support and tools they need to ensure their child is not just materially looked after, but emotionally supported as well. The premise for this programme is that with the wellbeing of the parent and their family taken into account, the parent will be a much more focused, loyal and happy worker. Specifically, the trainings aim to:
Increase the sense of value as a parent and lead a happier and healthier life
Understand the rights and needs of the child at different ages for better communication with and support to their children
Develop effective remote communication skills with their children to build closer relationships
The training applies a participatory learning approach, using methods of questions & answers engagement (e.g. via drawings, sticker notes , group activities, videos, role plays and case studies). The trainer(s) will lead the participants through each sessions and facilitate the discussions on their concerns and solutions/best practices in dealing with their children. Interaction with participants takes place throughout the training, and experience sharing and learning among participants themselves are equally critical to the success of the training.
This training programme (like all our programmes) measures the feedback as well as the impact on knowledge, awareness and reported behaviour change through both pre -and post questionnaires and interviews.
Additionally, dependent on the factory’s needs, The Centre and the client can identify and train personnel on site to continue to promote and support migrant parents through a Training of Trainers (ToT). We have also successfully set up online parenting communities for our clients to ensure the sustainability of this programme and have a free WeChat platform with weekly articles on parenting (see more below).
14,615 workers took part in The Centre’s migrant parent training programme between 2014-2020. Below is the consolidated feedback from 1249 of those workers.
The training package for onsite training consists of a booklet and handouts that participants can keep and take home.
The Centre's WeChat eLearning platform supports parent workers, particularly those with left-behind children. We post new content on a weekly basis including The Centre-developed comic lessons, lessons, videos and quizzes from UNICEF, and parenting tips and insights from external accounts.
The Centre also has an iSpring based eLearning platform which offers various training courses, among them an animated parenting training course.
The Parents Training allowed me to reflect on my parenting style and how I can improve as a parent. Then when I came home, I gave the training to my husband and mother-in-law as they also spend time with my daughter and need to be informed about these important issues like coping with stress, communication and providing a better environment for the child at home.－Ms. Ulutaş who works at a factory in İzmir Province, Turkey, 2020
I felt supported by the factory management. They have tried to understand our difficulties as parent workers. I hope we can have more parenting training like this in the future.－A working mother a month after taking part in the training in Vietnam in May 2020
With the parenting knowledge and skills they learned, they can achieve better work-life balance and improve their productivity at work, creating greater values for the company. On the other hand, these training sessions showed workers that the company cares for them. Some workers told me after the training that they felt that the company thought about aspects that even they themselves overlooked and they really appreciate the company’s effort… We’ll consider offering more such trainings to our employees in the future－Mr. Yu, Human Resources and Administration Manager at a factory in Jiangsu Province, China, 2021
The migrant parent worker training and Photovoice programme allowed us to support these parents and improve their relationship with their children back home. A secondary motivation has been to help factory management decrease turnover by improving worker satisfaction and loyalty. We’ve seen success in both areas－Kelsey Keene, CSR Director, Colosseum Athletics
One of the best takeaways from our MPT and photovoice projects (besides the obvious and important benefits for the families) has been better connecting factory workers with factory management. Projects like these, and family friendly policies in the workplace, help bridge a gap and show the workers that management values them and cares about their families－Kelsey Keene, CSR Director, Colosseum Athletics