Ethiopia

STED Strategic recommendations for Skills in the textile and garment industry

ILO SKILL-UP Ethiopia organized a validation workshop on Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) for skills in the textile and garment sector.

ILO SKILL-UP Ethiopia organized a validation workshop on Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) for skills in the textile and garment sector. The validation workshop was conducted on 28th November 2019 aiming to bring together different participants from the industry, private sector, development partners, UN agencies, research institutes, employers association, trade union and government.

The overall objective of the workshop was to provide a collaborative platform for stakeholders to contribute and discuss the STED strategic recommendations for skills for the textile and garment sector and foster ownership and leadership among participants in the implementation of the recommendations.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:
  • To present and discuss the content of the STED strategic recommendations for skills for the sector,
  • To gain input and comments on recommendations,
  • To validate the STED strategic recommendations for skills for the sector
  • To identify possible funding sources and international cooperation partners as well as contributions from the national and sectoral partners.

During the workshop, the participants shared their views and comments and discussed how to implement the strategies presented. The strategic recommendations focused on the quality and relevance of initial education and training qualifications for the sector; improving systems for recruitment and training of unqualified recruits into the sector; strengthening continuing training so as to upskill workers, facilitate career progression, and improve business performance; and on strengthening systems for quantitative and qualitative analysis needs.

Strengthening the systems for education and training in high-level skills occupations within the garment industry are also vital. Areas of high-level skills important to the sector include production management and planning; industrial engineering; human resource management; design; sales and marketing management and logistics. All of these are occupational areas that it is normal internationally to address through initial education and training at the university level or at the upper end of TVET education.
A sustainable skills strategy should also consider developing the skills of teachers in TVET and universities. Furthermore, a sector level initiative to raise and certify skill levels among TVET and university teachers in parallel with updating of occupational standards and curricula is critical.

One of the key challenges for skills development in the sector, cutting across all occupational levels, is to establish systematic collaboration between employers and institutions providing education and training. For such functional relationships to be established and substantially structured work placements programs to arise, the government should develop partnerships for skills, and work placements, along with supporting institutional arrangements.

After the workshop, different action points were discussed, including the establishment of sector skills committee (SSC) for the textile and garment sector.