Story by Abraham Joash Amaakwei Akadja

In efforts to support Ghana’s Garment and Manufacturing Industry, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has partnered with the Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA),  Gerber, Groz Beckert, Freudenberg and the Accra Technical Training Collage (ATTC) to officially launch the  Ghana Apparel Training and Service Centre at the ATTC in Accra.

With funding from the German Federal government this initiative falls under the GIZ and it’s  implemented by programme. The key objective is to strengthen export-oriented small-scale and medium size apparel manufacturers to create socially responsible jobs. programme will work in close cooperation with the Accra Technical Training Collage to support skills gaps by providing appropriate training and services to current and future potential factory employees. 

The Team Lead for , Christian Wollnik said, “the aim is to train about 500 people in various subjects by mid 2022 and provide future technical services to small scale and medium - sized  clothing manufacturers. Ultimately, this should stimulate growth in the whole industry and contribute to creation of 1200 new jobs in garments factories.”

The co-founder of Ethical Apparel Africa, Kyeen Pybus in his address said, “Tge demand for clothing made in Ghana is definitely growing for various reasons such as AGOA, fast shipping times to the US and Europe and competitive costings. However we need to grow Xbox compliance capacity and skills level to meet the needs of International brands and retailers. Not only in terms of lead time ,price and quality but also in terms of sustainability .”

Center would offer training and services in different areas of expertise like manual and digital pattern-making, sewing machine mechanics industrial engineering and social compliance.

The president of Ghana National Tailors and Dressmaker Association, Mrs. Ellen Dapaah expressed her excitement and said her outfit would use it as a resource center and wished it would stand the test of time.

The Principal of Accra Technical Training Collage, Mr. Arko Dometey urged all interested in apparel making to take advantage of this guesture.

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