Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed a collaboration agreement with ‘Sudokkho’, a UK and Swiss government-funded programme. Under the agreement, BGMEA will get technical assistance from Sudokkho for providing training consultancy service to the RMG industry.
BGMEA president Dr Rubana Huq and Sudokkho team leader Erling Petersen signed a collaboration agreement at a programme in a city hotel on August 28.
The technical assistance will further encompass transferring Sudokkho’s know-how into the academic curriculum of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT). The RMG and Textile Industry Skills Council (RTISC) and BGMEA affiliated training centres will also get technical assistance under the agreement.
Sudokkho is a seven-year private skills market development programme in Bangladesh funded by the UK aid through its Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The programme is executed by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) and Palladium International is the implementing organisation in consortium with SwissContact and British Council.
Sudokkho tests and scales-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the readymade garments and construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers.
Sudokkho aims to ensure employment of 65,000 poor people, including women and disadvantaged populations, after successful completion of training through its partnerships with privately owned training service providers (PTPs) and industry-based training (IBT) initiatives.
Sudokkho has established in-factory training centers in over 120 factories. The training system increases the skill of sewing machine operators in 15 to 20 days.