Ap­parel maker Brandix pro­motes skill devel­op­ment

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Sri Lanka’s renowned ap­parel man­u­fac­turer, Brandix Group has taken a giant leap in sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing skill devel­op­ment as it signed 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 or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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 specif­i­cally de­signed learn­ing and devel­op­ment pro­cesses.

The knowl­edge and skills ac­quired through th­ese pro­grammes will be fur­ther strength­ened with 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 the ap­parel value chain needs to fo­cus on train­ing and tech­ni­cal com­pe­tency devel­op­ment to grow. The joint ini­tia­tive fur­ther pro­motes em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion among the youth in the ap­parel in­dus­try.

Brandix aims to fos­ter in­di­vid­ual growth to con­vert it into in­creased busi­ness prof­its

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