SHOULD SKILL DE­VEL­OP­MENT OF GAR­MENT WORK­ERS BE GIVEN MORE PRI­OR­ITY OVER TECH­NOL­OGY ADOP­TION?

Stitch World - - SW POLL -

As gar­ment in­dus­try is labour- ori­ented, there is im­mense scope for de­vel­op­ment in the fac­to­ries. There are mainly two ways to im­prove the pro­duc­tion out­put: firstly, through train­ing and skill de­vel­op­ment of work­ers, and se­condly, through the adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy to re­duce hu­man in­ter­ven­tion. But, which is the bet­ter way...? We asked this ques­tion to the in­dus­try and the re­sults are here.

Yes

“In my opin­ion, skill de­vel­op­ment is more nec­es­sary. There are a lot of coun­tries which are emerg­ing and in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy is ac­tu­ally not fea­si­ble. The first step should be the train­ing of the work­ers. We can­not by­pass the ba­sis re­quire­ment of the gar­ment in­dus­try just to adopt some­thing which may not be a re­quire­ment for the gar­ment in­dus­try. For ex­am­ple, in some par­tic­u­lar coun­try like Ghana, in­creas­ing soft skills is still be­ing given more fo­cus and tech­nol­ogy adop­tion will wait for at least 10 more years.”

Paloma Pineda

Co-Founder, Eth­i­cal Ap­parel Africa (EAA), Africa Re­gion

No

“In or­der to achieve fast pro­duc­tion, tech­nol­ogy has to be adopted. At a time when every­body is think­ing to re­duce hu­man in­ter­ven­tion, it will not be a wise de­ci­sion to over­look au­to­ma­tion. Though train­ing of work­ers is nec­es­sary and there is no doubt about that, in­vest­ment of tech­nol­ogy is a need too. Train­ing on tech­ni­cal skills should be the pri­or­ity as sooner or later, the fu­ture of the gar­ment fac­tory will be the re­duced num­ber of work­ers.”

Re­cai Kaya

Sales Con­sul­tant (Ad­vanced Sewing Au­to­ma­tion Divi­sion), ROBOTECH, Is­tan­bul (Turkey)

It's Com­pli­cated

“There are two ways of look­ing at it. If I talk about North In­dia, more skills in work­ers is needed as gar­ment prod­ucts in this re­gion are more of val­uead­di­tion with a lot of hand­work and em­broi­dery. So train­ing of work­ers is of ut­most need. While, as far as South re­gion of In­dia is con­cerned, tech­nol­ogy can be a bet­ter op­tion rather than train­ing the op­er­a­tors as they do more ba­sic gar­ments. Both train­ing and tech­nol­ogy have their own sig­nif­i­cance.”

Shashi Bhushan Jha

Gen­eral Man­ager (Qual­ity), Global Mode and Ac­ces­sories Pvt. Ltd., Noida, (In­dia)

“I guess there is no di­rect an­swer. Both train­ing and tech­nol­ogy are nec­es­sary to im­prove the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment in­side a fac­tory. It is ac­tu­ally a need to de­velop skills in the ex­ist­ing work­ers in or­der to im­prove their tech­ni­cal know-how. Also, un­til a worker is trained, he can’t find so­lu­tions if any is­sue arises dur­ing pro­duc­tion which ul­ti­mately in­creases the time taken in pro­duc­tion. On the other hand, tech­nol­ogy fur­ther makes work­ers con­fi­dent that crit­i­cal oper­a­tions can be done quickly with no time be­ing wasted.”

Lalit Thukral

Chair­man – EAC (AEPC), Noida, (In­dia)

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