Sri Lanka’s renowned apparel manufacturer, Brandix Group has taken a giant leap in supporting and promoting skill development as it signs two important MoUs with Vocational Training Authority (VTA) of the country. Ishan Dantanarayana, Chief People Officer, Brandix Group and Eng. Dr Lionel Pinto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vocational Training Authority inked the agreements on behalf of their respective organisations.
The first MoU signed aims at developing qualification equivalent to NVQ Level 5 of garment technicians. The level will be the first of its kind in the apparel sector where the manufacturer will assist the Authority in creating a specialised curriculum. The training will be provided at the Brandix Academy.
According to the VTA, NVQ Level 5 status, which is equivalent to a Diploma (course), has not yet been defined or made available to any of the job role in the apparel industry in Sri Lanka. The academy has been initiated to explore the technical and leadership potentials in individuals through a specifically designed learning and development processes.
The knowledge and skills acquired through these programmes will be further strengthened with the technical teaching where VTA will come into play. With these training programmes, Brandix aims to foster individual growth which will then be converted into increased business profits, bolstered by improved efficiency at the production facility.
Further, the second MoU brings an opportunity to school leavers who will be provided with training to sharpen their Industrial SMO skills. The Lankan apparel manufacturer will identify such people who will then undergo three months of training at its business units. After the successful completion of training, they will be awarded a certificate equivalent to NVQ Level 3.
Ishan believes that apparel value chain needs to focus on training and technical competency development to grow. The joint initiative further promotes employment generation among youth in the apparel industry.