Promoting Employment & Productivity in the Garment Industry

What is the Project About

women factory garments

The textile industry of Pakistan contributes 54 percent to the total export earnings of Pakistan. The textile and clothing industry accounts for 46 percent of the total manufacturing and provides employment to 38 percent of the manufacturing labour force. It offers entry-level jobs for women with limited income opportunities. The textile industry of Pakistan has the potential for improvement in labour productivity, research and development, product diversification and branding. In 2006, UNDP in Pakistan in collaboration with the private sector launched its pilot initiative Gender Promotion in Garment Sector through Skills Development (GENPROM) with the objective to develop a cadre of skilled women to improve productivity and job creation for semi-urban and urban women. The project was piloted in Karachi and Lahore. A unique feature of the project was the engagement of world renowned Kurt Solomon Associates (Tehno-Pak in Pakistan) for developing and delivering a comprehensive and customized training package responding to the domestic requirements and matching the global standards. GENPROM was successful in establishing more than 60 Satellite Training Units (STUs) through which 15,448 sewing operators, 689 master trainers, 317 merchandisers and 566 workers were trained.

Building upon the successes of GENPROM, Promoting Employment and Productivity in the Garment Industry was launched by UNDP in partnership with Government College University, Faisalabad. The project aims to increase incomes and employment opportunities for youth and women and enhanced productivity in the garment/home textiles industry. Policy research, capacity development of small and medium enterprises and institutional strengthening to support sustainable growth in the textile sector have been identified as focus areas for the project.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

Work force development: Satellite Training Units (STUs) are centralized training centres conducting regular training and retraining programs for operators on production of quality apparel. These units are designed to remain functioning once the project phases out. The master trainers, housed by the units are mandated to establish, manage and implement
training programs offered by these STUs. Though a comprehensive six weeks training of trainers program, 57 master trainers including 16 women have been trained based on a standardized training manual with topics ranging from cutting, sewing, production management, industrial engineering, quality control and assurance, machines maintenance, and communications. These master trainers are either the employees of the participating companies or newly inducted fresh textile graduates. To date, 200 operators (mostly women) are trained and employed in the first round of participating companies; hiring of fresh workers and training programmes are underway.

Who Finances it?

One-UN Spanish Funds

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Delivery in 2012 in USD $550,000.

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