Adapting training programmes in textile / clothing to market needs | Tunisia News Gazette

Adapting training programmes in textile / clothing to market needs

The inadequacy between vocational training programme in the textile sector and the needs of the sector’s enterprises is the main conclusion reached by participants in the workshop on youth integration and employability in the textile and clothing sector held on Tuesday.

President of the Training Committee in the Tunisian Federation of Textile and Clothing (French : FTTH) Ghazi El Biche emphasised the need to involve the federation in the development of vocational training programmes and strategies in the field of Textile / clothing to identify labour needs focusing on the weak points of the current system.

He also recommended setting up a specific modern training system that takes into account the Tunisian specificity.

For the Minister of Industry and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Slim Feriani, the textile and clothing sector in all its sectors (manufacture, weaving, finishing and especially technical textiles …) always needs skilled hand and technicians. He added that the continuous development of the needs of the company has shown the mismatch between the needs and the training programme and the arrival on the market of an unskilled and unmotivated workforce besides the absence in certain sectors.

The debate initiated during this workshop will enrich the study that will be drawn up on the integration of young people and the employability of the textile and clothing sector planned under the GTEX project (global programme on textiles and clothing), financed by the Swiss government by an amount of 4.25 MD.

About 50 Tunisian clothing companies will be supported as part of GTEX, in their transition projects from outsourcing and co-contracting to the finished product and the development of collections.

TEX-Tunisia will be implemented over a 4-year period (2018-2021) and will focus on two main components, namely improving the performance of the ecosystem and supporting structures so that they can provide better business services and strengthening the competitiveness of beneficiary SMEs, in particular their integration into regional value chains, taking advantage of preferential trade agreements and the identification of business opportunities in new markets.

The GTEX-Tunisia project proposes to assist the selected companies through training and management assistance (continuous improvement of the organisation), cost reduction, corporate social responsibility (CSR), marketing, sales, e-Commerce, etc. ..

The proposed solutions will enable better integration of the value chain at the national level and increase the added value of creating jobs for young people

The GTEX project, which covers 5 countries (Morocco, Egypt, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia), places particular emphasis on the assistance of enterprises located in inland regions.

According to the Department of Industry, textile / clothing exports reached 6280.7 MD in 2017, an increase of 16.41% compared to 2016.

This recovery was confirmed during the first quarter of 2018, to reach 1877.3 MD, an increase of 25.6%, compared to 2016.

Source: TAP News Agency

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