The new Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry (CEBAI), which provides training for the country's apparel workers, has been accredited as a Registered Training Organization (RTO).

The accreditation, from the Bangladesh Technical Education Board, comes nearly a year after the CEBAI training centre was established as a joint effort between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Swedish retailer H&M and the Swedish government.

Based in Ashulia, a ready-made garment (RMG) cluster area close to Dhaka, the centre trains workers to nationally recognised standards – giving them the skills to increase employability and earn higher wages. It is also designed to help guide the sector towards higher productivity, value addition and the use of new technology.

Srinivas Reddy, ILO county director for Bangladesh said: "ILO considers CEBAI as an important new institution driven by the industry to play a valuable role in meeting the changing needs of the Bangladesh RMG sector as it seeks to move up the value chain. At the same time it helps RMG workers, particularly women, improve their skills, incomes and gain skills certification".

The RTO certification will enable CEBAI to run training courses as per the National Technical and Vocational Qualification Framework (NTVQF), which is based on a competency based training methodology. The accreditation will also help the college to conduct certification for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

As well as training workers, the college will also delivery training and certification for supervisors and managers on occupational safety and health (OSH), disability inclusion, worker rights and responsibilities. 

Consistent with employment in the industry, the majority of beneficiaries will be women and there is also a target for 5% of participants to be people with disabilities.