The aim of developing the apprenticeship standard and framework in tailoring is to strengthen quality and standardised skills training in TVET that is nationally recognised with the view to accord youth with competitive and marketable skills for employment opportunities, while improving the standard of products and services to be able to compete internationally and stimulate export.
Yusupha Keita, technical advisor and coordinator, Job, Skills and Finance Programme at ITC, said with the standard in place for the trainees, their clients and others will be enticed enough because they will go through a structured programmme. He added that there will be a curriculum in place that will guide the delivery of the programne as assessment will be done and trainees be certified.
He further said that the apprenticeship programme gives them an alternative to conventional TVET for them to be able to deliver apprenticeship that are structured and standardised.
Mr Keita emphasised on the affordability and easy accessibility of the training offered to give opportunities to young people to develop and build skills for themselves.
At least 70 young people underwent a minimum of 72 weeks apprenticeship programme and learning time of 20 hours per week.
Lamin B. Manneh, a representative of NAQAA, advised trainees to portray good work attitude towards their customers because the way they deal with clients will determine the success of their skills.
The International Trade Center ITC is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, focusing on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses to developing and transition economies. ITC supports trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results.
The programme is intended to produce tailors who can make tailored garments that are made to a unique pattern for an individual. Many of their skills are carried out by hand in order to produce a garment that fits precisely to a customer’s requirements. Training is focused on the production of men and women wears of national and international standards.