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German chamber, GIZ to set up school for garment workers, managers

From left, Daniel Seidl, executive director of BGCCI, Olaf Handloegten, country director of GIZ, Sakhawat Abu Khair, president of BGCCI, and Magnus Schmid, programme coordinator of the GIZ-run Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry project, hold documents after signing an agreement in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: BGCCI

From left, Daniel Seidl, executive director of BGCCI, Olaf Handloegten, country director of GIZ, Sakhawat Abu Khair, president of BGCCI, and Magnus Schmid, programme coordinator of the GIZ-run Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry project, hold documents after signing an agreement in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: BGCCI

German development agency GIZ and Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI) will set up a training school to produce skilled workers and mid-level managers for the garment sector.

A memorandum of understanding signed at the office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the capital yesterday aims to address the shortage of skilled workers and mid-level managers in the sector.
A pilot school for technical vocational and educational training (TVET) will be set up under the deal, said Olaf Handloegten, country director of GIZ.

He said lack of qualified workers and mid-level managers is a key constraint to the growth and diversification of the garment industry.

“A shortage of skills holds back productivity and consequently workers’ incomes and needs to be urgently addressed,??? Handloegten said.

Developing the capacity of individuals and factories has long-term impact for the sustainability of the key export sector, he added. “Establishment of the training school will have fruitful results and positive impact on the lives of the workers.???

Among other areas covered in the agreement are development of demand-driven curricula, job placement, social compliance and fire safety trainings, development of staff expertise and acquisition.

The agreement is part of the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES), a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, implemented by GIZ.

The PSES contributes to the sustainable and inclusive development of the garment sector by complementing the efforts of both the German and Bangladeshi governments to overcome the skill shortage in the sector. “Vocational training is a key element to success and most of the country’s over four million garment workers are not skilled enough,??? said Daniel Seidl, executive director of BGCCI.

“The establishment of the training school is also very important for another five million workers that will be needed by the sector in the coming years.???

He said BGCCI would assess the joint TVET school project by identifying organisations for placing skilled mid-level managers and guarantee better jobs for at least 80 percent of the graduates.

BGCCI, the biggest bilateral business chamber in Bangladesh, has also conducted a pre-feasibility study, on behalf of GIZ, to provide adequate information regarding the design of the pilot school.

Magnus Schmid, programme coordinator of the PSES, said the project has been committed towards sustainable economic development for more than eight years and has carried out a number of capacity-building initiatives to increase productivity and skills of the workforce in the garment sector. “The deal marks the continuation of the joint collaboration with BGCCI.???

BGCCI President Sakhawat Abu Khair said the chamber and PSES would elaborate the curricula for trainings of the skilled garment workers. “We do not have adequate skilled workers. In cooperation with its private sector partners, BGCCI will ensure that a detailed and demand-driven training curriculum is developed.???
Handloegten, Seidl, Schmid and Khair signed the agreement.

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