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CEBAI to step up operations
Dec '15
The Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry (CEBAI) is set to greatly scale up its activities following the signing of an agreement between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), ILO said in a press release.

The agreement will see the implementation of a wide range of new activities by CEBAI aimed at enhancing skills of workers in the RMG sector. The agreement was signed by Md. Siddiqur Rahman, President of BGMEA and Tuomo Poutiainen, ILO's RMG Programme Manager.

“Since opening in early 2015 CEBAI has provided training in basic sewing machine skills to workers while also promoting training within enterprises. This agreement will pave the way to more comprehensive operations aimed at boosting skills at many levels throughout the RMG sector,” said Poutiainen.

Rahman said, “By focussing on the skills, productivity and research areas most important to the Bangladesh RMG industry, CEBAI will play an important role in the development of the sector and will greatly benefit those who work in it.”

The new series of activities planned to take place up until the end of 2016 includes the training and assessment of 3,500 workers and 110 Industry Trainers/Assessors as per the national technical and vocational qualification framework (NTVQF) for the RMG sector.

New demand-driven training packages will be developed and launched including supervisors' training, cutting and design. CEBAI's Enterprise Based Training (EBT) activities that work with RMG factories to provide high-quality training on their own premises will also be up-scaled. An additional 10 companies will be recruited into the EBT scheme while the existing companies participating in EBT will be further supported, the release said.

Emphais will be placed on 'Recognition of Prior Learning' (RPL) which seeks to assess and certify workers based on skills they have already learned. The use of training logbooks and/or service books will be promoted to both workers and employers. Meanwhile, advice will be provided to help enterprises employ people with disabilities as well as to promote more women to supervisory and managerial grades.

According to the release, a CEBAI Coordination Cell and information unit will be established in Dhaka to market CEBAI amongst brands, donor agencies and the private sector. Collaboration will also be established with trade unions to conduct workshops on worker's rights, collective bargaining and freedom of association.

Established in 2014, CEBAI's role is to implement certified training within the national skills development policy (NSDP) of Bangladesh to improve the quality of work and productivity in RMG factories and to enable workers to have their skills formally recognized. CEBAI is funded by the Swedish Government and Swedish retailer H&M. (SH)

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