ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Textile Industry (Mintex) has launched a skill development project in collaboration with International Labor Organization (ILO) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).“The Mintex has selected four textile training institutes working under administrative control of Mintex namely Pakistan Readymade Garment Training Institute (PRGTTI) LHR, Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute (PKTI) LHR, Pakistan Fashion and Apparel Design Institute (FADIN) Karachi and SMA Rizvi Textile Institute (SMARTI) Karachi as partners for implementation of this project,” Dr Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner of the Ministry told APP here Thursday. He further said that the training programme’s main objective is provision of skilled workforce to textile industry to make it more competitive and export oriented and to uplift the economic status and living standard of trainees especially women through their employment based skill development.The Mintex will cover the costs incurred in the areas of trainee stipend, trainer’s salary, raw material cost, social mobilization (through newspaper advertisement web Portal, banners, posters etc.), evaluation cost and certificate printing & distribution. The admissions in the skill development programme,he said have started from September 15, 2012 and classes would start from October 1, 1012. The Ministry of Textile Industry is offering multiple textile training courses focusing on garment sector i.e. fashion & apparel design and pattern making and cutting for lingerie making, line supervisory skills, quality control, fancy stitching and knitting machine operators training.This programme will render dual benefits for Pakistan’s economy; firstly provision of skilled workforce to textile garment industry, and secondly, employment opportunities for workers especially women trained.Approximately 600 trainees would be trained in different batches spread over about one and half year’s time. On the completion of training course, job placement of the trainees would be ensured with the help of textile institutes and respective textile associations,he added.The export development project implementation unit of Ministry is working as coordination and implementation agency for this skill development project between International labor Organization, Canadian International Development Agency (ILO, CIDA) and Textile Training Institutes. All the stakeholders of the skill development project are hopeful for positive results. This programme is the right step forward because skilled workforce is the requirement of value added textile industry of Pakistan.