The Center of Excellence for the Garment Industry in Bangladesh (CEBAI) plans to improve skills and increase productivity in the clothing sector by offering training for workers and middle managers.
A CEBAI official revealed the plan at the "Brand Forum Meeting 2017" at the Amari Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
CEBAI was launched in November 2014 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to fill the skills gap in the garment sector.
It is run by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and, until November 2017, it was supported by the International Labor Organization, Sweden and the United States. H & M fashion international retailer. CEBAI's vision is to establish a replicable model of industry-focused training and support services in Bangladesh, according to a BGMEA statement.
"His actions have benefited both workers and employers as they have helped to create a solid foundation for the future development of skills in the sector." Achievements include the establishment of the CEBAI Training Center in Ashulia. , supervisory and management skills are taught. Training methods and programs that meet the requirements of the industry have been introduced.
New skills standards and curricula developed within the national technical and vocational qualification framework provide basic skills in knitting, denim, lingerie and woven products.
The needs of the industry are met through the testing of in-house training facilities (EBTs) in 10 major garment groups, which have trained more than 4,100 workers . Having an internal EBT center helps companies build the capacity of existing workers and employees, which translates into higher productivity and higher wages, the statement said.
Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Bangladesh, said that the garment industry had tremendous opportunities to improve productivity through skills development.
"I call on the industry to review what CEBAI has achieved and to continue these efforts to achieve a more flexible, demand-driven and inclusive skills development system in Bangladesh."
Atiqul Islam, President of CEBAI, said, "While much has been accomplished, CEBAI is still in its infancy, and we need to continue to nurture it so that it is able to to help the industry move up the value chain and gain more shares in the global market. "
Siddiqur Rahman, president of BGMEA, said, "For the industry to realize its true potential, we must improve the skills of our workforce."