In the backdrop of Bangladesh losing out a lot of its export earnings to foreign professionals in its apparel industry, a fresh initiative has been taken to develop human resource and home-grown efficient professionals for the country’s biggest export sector.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked in this regard by Textile Today, a local textiles magazine, and apparel makers Northern Tosrifa Group (NTG) in Tongi on October 4, 2018. Naim Hassan, director for Northern Tosrifa Group, and Tareq Amin, founder and CEO of Textile Today, signed the MoU at NTG’s factory premises.
Under the arrangement, management trainees will be offered training courses. Completion of four foundation training programmes will make a trainee eligible for one ‘Factory Skills Development’ certification. Higher number of certifications will be recognised as having higher ranking Factory Skills Development for a professional.
The second biggest apparel exporters of the world, Bangladesh raked in more than US $ 30 billion from its apparel exports during fiscal 2017-18. However, a major concerning factor for the industry is its weakness in the mid-level management; where experts fear Bangladesh is losing upto US $ 6 billion every year to hired foreign professionals.
“Bangladesh textile and apparel industry needs skilled professionals in mid-management. Lacking in which, every year, we see foreign employees taking billions of dollars out of our hard-earned money,” said Tariq Amin, CEO of Textile Today, said.
Sharifur Rahman, chairman of Fashion Asia Ltd, a concern of NTG who was present at the programme, said, “We want efficient professionals who will lead the textile industry in the future. NTG will be extending the access for factory demonstrations for the programme.”