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Tipu for narrowing skill gaps in RMG industries

EPB-BUFT signs deal for improving managerial skills

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 June, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tipu for narrowing skill gaps in RMG industries
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi is seen at an agreement signing ceremony at his secretariat office in the capital on Tuesday.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi repented on Tuesday that foreign people are still filling the skilled workforce gap at the management level of the export-oriented RMG industry that has a huge demand for skilled people.

He sees huge potential in BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) in creating a bunch of skilled managerial workforce to cater to the apparel industries. 

“There is a huge demand for skilled manpower in the country’s readymade garment sector. But skilled people are not locally available. Foreign workers are filling up the gap of our management,” Tipu Munshi, also a seasoned apparel maker commented. The minister said this as he attended a function of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) at his secretariat office.

Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) signed an agreement yesterday to launch diploma courses for mid-level managers and employees of garment factories to develop their professional skills.

Tipu Munshi thinks that BUFT can play a very significant role in improving skills of local people who can work at managerial level of RMG industries.

He assured that the government will provide all out support to set RMG sector on a strong foundation. 

He hoped that the targeted $50 billion RMG exports would be possible by 2024-25 fiscal year even though the target for achieving it by this year has been shattered by corona pandemic.  Under the EPD-BUFT deal, post graduate diploma degree will be given to a total of 105 persons, 35 each in courses on garments business management, industrial engineering and manufacturing system and supply chain management.

EPD Director General Khaled Mamun Chowdhury BUFT Pro-VC Dr Engr Ayub Nabi Khan inked the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh and BUFT VC Dr SM Mahfuzur Rahman were also present at the agreement signing ceremony.

Attending the programme, as a special guest BGMEA president Faruque Hassan expressed his thanks to the EPB and BUFT for taking the timely initiative of skills development courses for mid-level managers working in garment factories.

He stated that there was a visible shortage of skilled employees, particularly at the mid-level management section, in the RMG sector of the country and it’s a demand of time to finally address this issue with due importance. 

He said against the backdrop of steep competition in the apparel industry, productivity improvement is an important strategic tool to retain competiveness in the world market alongside maintaining the market.

One of the best options to enhance productivity is to make the workers skilled by imparting them necessary training, Faruque Hassan added.