SHOULD SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF GARMENT WORKERS BE GIVEN MORE PRIORITY OVER TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION?
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.
“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.”
Co-Founder, Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), Africa Region
“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.”
Sales Consultant (Advanced Sewing Automation Division), ROBOTECH, Istanbul (Turkey)
“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.”
Chairman – EAC (AEPC), Noida, (India)