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Apparel Training Centre to open ‘SMART' centres

R. Vimal Kumar


‘The facility is aimed at producing skilled workforce'

First centre to be opened in Chennai


Tirupur: The Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) under the Apparel Export Promotion Council is set to open 102 ‘SMART' centres (skills for manufacturing apparel through research and training) at Rs. 88 crore allocated by Union Textiles Ministry.

“The facility is aimed at producing skilled workforce in large numbers, lack of which was preventing the apparel industry in the country from leaping forward to the desired levels since the quota-regime ended in 2005,” ATDC Director General Darlie Koshy told The Hindu.

The first ‘SMART' centre would be opened at Chennai shortly.

“Tamil Nadu will get 10 centres in total from the package,” Mr. Koshy said.

Of the 102 centres planned, 50 would be set up on new premises while the remaining by upgrading the existing infrastructure at the 52 ATDC centres presently functioning across the country.

The centres would be equipped with a ‘simulated factory' to train candidates for the posts of production supervisors, machine operators, technicians, checkers (fabric and garment quality), pattern makers, packing assistants and folders.

“Many of the industrialists are yet to attach importance to these designations as ‘skilled job' and hence, productivity is getting compromised quite often,” Mr. Koshy pointed out.

Trainees would also be taught on soft skills, general hygiene and change management for overall personality development.

The candidates to be enrolled at ‘SMART' centres should be between 14 and 35 years of age.

They would be taught the subjects for period ranging from 250 hours to 370 hours on need basis.

“We are planning churn out 60,000 highly skilled personnel before the end of the current five-year plan period,” Mr. Koshy said.

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