30 centres will be opened by November
TIRUPUR: The first training centre for sewing machine operators was inaugurated at the NIFT-TEA Knitwear Fashion Institute here, on Wednesday as part of the program for creation employment for rural youth in apparel industry implemented by the IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative (CDI) Limited.
This programme, aiming at imparting training to five lakh poor youth across the country in five years, was being supported by the Union Ministry of Rural Development. Inaugurating the centre, N.V.R. Nathan, vice-president of the IL&FS CDI,
said that they would open 30 such pilot centres in seven States by November.
He said that the productivity level in Indian apparel industry was 45 per cent whereas it was 90 per cent in China. Lack of skill for the workforce from the beginning of their career was one of the reasons for low productivity. “On an overage a tailor stitches 15 shirts a shift in India, whereas a tailor in China stitches 25 shirts per shift.
Our apparel industry requires enhanced productivity to sustain the international competition,” he said.
Mr. Nathan also said that the module for the one month programme was prepared after studying the best production practices in South Africa, China, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and based on the requirements of domestic industry. A study conducted by the IL&FS projected the need of 2.04 million sewing machine operators in 2010 as the industry was expanding so rapidly.
Mr. Nathan said a total of 150 centres across the country would be started in a year and he hoped that 6,000 persons would get training by January.
In Tamil Nadu, the NIFT-TEA Knitwear Fashion Institute would run five training centres and other industry partners would run five centres. Training would be given at free of cost for the poor youth.
Mr. Nathan said many district administrations and institutions have
come forward to start the employment-guaranteed course.
Chairman of the NIFT-TEA G. Karthikeyan asked the trainees to avail themselves of the good opportunities.
As their institute was conducting courses for the middle-level managers of the garment industry, they had been thinking of starting a professionally-run training institute for the shop floor workers.