Training centres for labourers!That’s what NIFT-TEA College of Knitwear Fashion seems to be planning.
The centre for apparel training has invited apparel units to set up their own training centres under the scheme Samarth, to groom skilled labourers in the city.
Further on the same, K.J. Sivagnanam, head of the training centre at NIFT-TEA college said “On an average, 20 per cent employees either jump to other units or stop working in the apparel cluster. The units would have to find new employees often and getting new skilled employees isn’t an easy task.”
The purpose behind setting up the apparel cluster is to train unskilled labourers in an informal way by allowing them to join as assistants, especially in jobs such as tailoring and other processes.
Samarth was earlier called the integrated skill development scheme.
Talking about the scheme, Sivagnanam added, “The scheme now provides an opportunity to the apparel units to set up their own training centres and train freshers. With their own training centres, for which the units should allot machines and a classroom, they could train unskilled labourers and employ them. Apart from technical support, which would be provided by the NIFT-TEA training centre, the Government would provide Rs. 12,000 per trainee on an average.”
With the skilled labourers, the units have the opportunity to not only improve efficiency, but also improve their productivity. According to Sivagnanam, the trainees should undergo 300 hours of training in any of the 60 disciplines available and a unit could train up to 180 unskilled labourers per year under the scheme.
NIFT-TEA training centre would conduct an orientation programme for the units regarding the scheme on 26 July this year.