Tirupur’s knitwear industry is facing acute shortage of skilled workforce. Now they are going to benefit from Central Government’s decision to implement a new skill development skill that would cover the entire industry of textile excluding spinning and weaving.
A new skill development scheme known as ‘Scheme for capacity building in textile sector (SCBTS) was given approval by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA). This scheme would be applicable from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an investment of Rs.1300 crore. The scheme will have National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant training courses.
According to a data shared by Raja M Shanmugham, President of Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), the Tirupur knitwear industry presently employs about six lakh workers directly, and by concentrating on improving the productivity better competitiveness can be attained in the international markets. The knitwear industry of Tirupur has been long demanding allocation of funds to impart skill training to the unskilled workers.
Both small and medium scale knitwear industry in Tirupur generates yearly revenue of Rs. 30,000 crore. Major parts of the laborers are self-groomed without any proper technical skill training or orientation. Due to such situation inconsistency in production arises apart from quality issues leading to business loss.
‘Even if mere 10 per cent is saved, it would offer the industry saving of Rs. 3,000 crore. The industry estimates even 25 percent improvement can be done to produce 'zero defect' knitwear, said Raja Shanmugham.
Presently about 15,000 workers have already been skill trained and placed among TEA member units by NIFT TEA College for Knitwear Fashion skill division.