Centre of Excellence

First Competency Based Training for RMG Enterprise Trainers/Assessors held in Bangladesh

Selected trainers and assessors working in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry learned how to introduce Competency Based Training to workers 13-18 September 2014.

The training was organized by the RMG Center of Excellence Project which is funded by the Swedish development agency SIDA and Swedish clothing brand H&M and implemented by ILO.

Competency based training (CBT) is an approach to Technical & vocational education and training (TVET) that places emphasis on what a person can do (rather than needs to do) in the workplace. Focus is placed on concrete skills rather than abstract learning. Learners work on one competency at a time, which is likely a small component of a larger learning goal. The student is evaluated on the individual competency, and only once they have mastered it do they move on to others.
In all, 32 trainers selected from several apparel companies participated in the training.

The training will enable participating companies to build the skills of their workers through the competency based model which is recognized under NTVQF (National Technical and Vocational Education Framework).

Rassel Garments (Narayanganj) and Amantex (Sreepur) have both expressed interest to introduce enterprise based training (EBT) using the competency based approach for their workers (mainly for helpers and machine operators) based on NTVQF. In addition to recognizing workers skills, the training will also help enhance productivity and working conditions at workplaces as an added dividend.

The RMG Center of Excellence Project will facilitate 10 companies to introduce EBT at their factories over three years. It will also work closely with BGMEA, BKMEA and other key industrial organizations to form an industry driven Center of Excellence (COE) to coordinate skills endeavors for the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh.