Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Introduction:
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) a leading national NGO in Bangladesh. It has been working since 1985 with the poor and disadvantaged people for livelihood training and employment support. From 2006 DAM has taken initiatives to develop skilled workers of Ready Made Garment sector in Dhaka and Gazipur districts. Under the financial and technical support of  German technical  cooperation GTZ and Güldenpfennig GmbH. DAM also implanting such kind of project named “Skills Development training for Garment Workers” from September 2010. The skills development training program has been well appreciated by the employers of the RMG sector as well as the community people for giving a viable training support to the poor and disadvantaged adolescents and youths who never could have such opportunity. DAM has successfully completed the program in January 2011 and provided skills training of 630 targeted people where 625 were placed in job directly as RMG Machine operators. As a continuation DAM under taken this project for training to 30 disadvantaged people on RMG operator courses and to place them job in RMG factories as skilled RMG machine operators at different Garment and Sweater Industries with financial support of an American buyer named “Knights Apprel”. The activities of the project have been started from September, 2011 and will be continued up to August, 2012.
DAM also providing an innovative technical support to the Govt. training Institutions like Shahid Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Women Training Academy, Zirani, under DWA of Ministry of children and women affairs (MWCA) with the financial support of German Development Cooperation GIZ (former GTZ).
The project is aimed at empowering especially the poor and underprivileged women by providing technical and social skills to improve their employment opportunity in the RMG sector, income and upgrade social status as well as to benefit employers through improved performance by creating more than 500 skilled operators and line/ floor supervisors for Ready Made Garment sector in the project period January 2011 to June 2012.
The project targeted and given priorities to the unemployed and underemployed adolescents and youths between the age group 18 to 25 years who are from ultra poor, disadvantaged, disabled and women headed families, many of who are  unskilled or retrenched garment workers living in urban slums came from remote coastal  and rural areas.
The project activities are implementing through Govt. training Institute- Shahid Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Women Training Academy, Zirani, under DWA of Ministry of children and women affairs (MWCA) with the financial support of German Development Cooperation GIZ.
The center is well furnished, decorated and equipped with necessary modern machineries and tools. DAM ensured one machine to each participant to develop skills as competitive and quality garment operators and floor supervisors.
The project offers the training courses designed for garment manufacturing industries (RMG trades):   Garment Machine Operation (Woven and knit Garment).
The duration of the course is 384 contact hours spread over two months (8 weeks), Technical training 282 hours, Life skills and social compliances training 102 hours. There are course Instructors ESOs and Team leader directly involve with this activities of the project.Goal and Objective:  

Project Goal: To empower especially the young and under-privileged women by providing technical and social skills, this enabled them to improve their employment opportunity, income level and social standing and to benefit employers through improved work performance by creating at least 300 skilled operators for RMG sectors during the project period.

Objectives :
(a) To empower at least 300 young, underprivileged women to operate and maintain RMG machines by providing technical and social skills, which enable them to find employment and income to deal better with general, social and livelihood issues.
(b)  To provide skilled RMG machine operators in the RMG sector which will  meet the demand in industry and help improve social, environmental and production standards.
(c)  To improve the institutional and organizational capacity of DAM in order to respond more adequately to the training needs of the RMG sector and to develop more market oriented services.

Overall Project Activities:
Identification survey of the potential trainees, recruitment and finalize selection of the participants, provide skills training to the selected participants for garment operators, ensure supply of required materials and logistics, appraisal of the trainees progress, provide technical services and ensure quality of training, provide job placement support, motivate and mobilize employers to contribute in training of operators, distribution of certificates to the graduated trainees.

Outputsà Resultsà Outcome:

Identification of the potential trainees : The project will conduct identification survey at Dhaka and Gazipur sites to identify 300 potential trainees and operators for recruitment and to provide skills development training according to the need and aspirations.

Selection and finalization of the trainees: Admission tests are conducting both in written and oral form for enrollment in the particular trade to test their eligibility, vulnerability and aspiration. Moreover, the selection procedure is finalized through consultation with their parents and guardians. All the women will be selected to  attend in the selection board of skilled operators training courses,  a total of 80 women age group range  18 – 25 will finally be  selected where 32 for residential and 48 for non- residential training sessions  in every two months period .

Prioritization: Vulnerability (social & economic), Age between 18 to 25 years, Choice & aspiration on training and employment, women with disability, Divorced or separated, Women headed family members, Under employed & retrenched garment workers are getting priority.

Name  and quantity of the Machines used in the RMG skills development training : Garment Sewing Machine (Single Needle)-48 Garments Single needle lock stitch Computerized auto thread cutting machine-10, Garment  Sewing Machine (Double Needle)-8, Over lock Machine- 9, Button Hole Machine- 6, Button stitch-6, Flat lock Machine- 9.  

Profile of the selected participants: The project prepared profile of the selected trainees to know the demographic, financial and vulnerability status like – no earning source  divorced, Garments helper, disabled, separated, Widow , women headed or single earner family member,  Natural disaster effected (SIDR/AILA), Trafficking  Victim  etc.

Training provision & scope of training: The project developed basic skills of the trainees to build them as skilled operator and supervisors for woven and knit garments Machines.  Skills development training helps the participants to enhance self confidence and empowerment both socially and economically. Practical training always given emphasis more than 80% time is allocated for practical training. Course duration is 48 days day long training spread over two months, Total training time-384 Hrs, 336 hours allocated for training purpose and 48 hours ie one hour daily for lunch and prayer time.

Graduation & job placement : During the project period 100% trainees will be graduated from the said RMG selected courses.  All the graduates’ trainees will be placed in job in the garments factories after completion of the training.
About 300 under privileged young unemployed unskilled women family can be established through receiving training for creating skilled hand to operate and maintain garment machines as perfect skilled garment operators. The unemployed and under employed poor women will enter in the world of work and involved in economic activities. They are directly contributing in their families for increasing family income. Living standards of the under privileged and poor families can be developed. Many of them will be being changing their residence to better places and houses rather than living in the slums. All the trained women will become empower socially and economically.

Who the project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients):

The project will serve for 300 disadvantaged women age between 18 to 25 years, Vulnerable (social & economic), People with disability, Divorced or separated, Women headed family members, under employed & retrenched garment workers.

Project Duration: Half Year (January 01, 2013- July 2013)

Start date: January 01, 2013

Financial partner (Donor): German development cooperation (GIZ)

Project Location/s and number of Field offices: SSFMWTA Zirani Bazar, Gazipur District & Basherhat Dinajpur.

Budget with annual breakup: BDT 33,03,180

Number of project staffs and volunteers : 14

Contact Person    : Mr. Md. Shahjahan Mian, Director, TVET

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