Textile institutes need to change their curriculum
The question of staff shortage as well as skilled resources keeps cropping up in the Indian textiles industry. Fibre2Fashion spoke to representatives of few textile bodies from South India on the issue.
Tiruppur cluster that has an annual business of ₹40,000 crore directly employs over 5 lakh people. There is a constant demand for workers here. The demand for migrant labourers has risen nationwide, resulting in high attrition in local factories. Consequently, the knitters are finding it hard to source, mobilise, recruit and retain the migrant workforce. So SIIMKA initiated direct recruitment on its official placement cell for the members by conducting job fairs in various districts of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the association had also contacted the Labour and Employment Departments of several other states to source human resources from there. We have already signed an MoU with NIFT-TEA and for training for fresh labourers and migrant labourers.
In the manufacturing sector, every industry is facing human resources crunch. This problem is mainly because of the attitude of the young generation of today who are mostly attracted to services sector like IT & ITES and/or hospitality sectors.
The education system in the country plays a major role in changing this attitude and the curriculum should be changed in such a way that children are taught self-sustaining and other job skills from high school.
There is shortage of workers, and we need training institute to train new workers. Textiles/fashion institutes are able to deliver human resources required for junior/senior level production executives only. So, shortage of lower level workers is always there.
Published on: 26/10/2018
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