Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan has insisted all BGMEA members to arrange in-house training for both workers and administrators in order to reinforce the future of the ever-growing readymade garment (RMG) industry.
In a letter, Faruque Hassan writes, “I believe a dedicated initiative by each of our factories to train workers will actually complement the whole industry.”
Hassan applauded the factories that are already investing in training workers, he wrote, “If other factories take similar initiative and if existing capacities can be scaled up, it is the industry which will be benefitted. So I would humbly request all our valued Members to kindly consider this issue and kindly take initiatives to train people – both workers and supervisor level, and for existing and future skill needs. Let us build our own strength to pursue our vision. ”
BGMEA President stressed, “You are aware that creating a skilled workforce is one of the core priorities of the Government of Bangladesh, and of BGMEA. In collaboration with the government and other stakeholders including development partners BGMEA is engaged in a number of skilled development programs, for existing and new workers.”
“We are also in the process of establishing the “Centre for Innovation, Efficiency and OSH” at our premises. Through these efforts we are trying to facilitate automation, 3D designing, innovation, using the best industrial engineering process and practices, and inspire modular processes,” the letter continues.
“Though the struggle in meeting the cost and managing the supply chain is there, the correspondences have been encouraging with the buyers.”
“In this juncture of opportunities and constraints, the shortage of skilled labor force has emerged as a major concern for us recently which is limiting our potential. The need for skilled workers is felt more acutely than ever before.”
Faruque Hassan further stressed that the technology evolution and the urge to be more efficient and adaptive to 4IR requires more effort in skills development. Many new technologies are coming which can make the production process faster, leaner and simpler. We need to re-skill and up-skill our human resources to prepare ourselves for the next challenges.