A newly opened vocational training centre in Bangladesh includes a new course in industrial electrical wiring – an effort to prevent future fires caused by short circuits and system overloads.

The centre in Dhaka is fully funded by the C&A Foundation – the social responsibility arm of the fashion retailer – and was opened by Dutch Ambassador Gerben de Jong.

About 300 students will attend the centre in 2013, enrolling on courses in plumbing, domestic electrical wiring, pattern making, sewing and mobile phone repairs – as well as the new industrial electrical wiring course.

In time, it is hoped that up to 1,200 students a year will attend the centre, which is part of C&A’s decade-long partnership with Grameen Shikkha, an organisation headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof Mohammad Yunus.

The C&A Foundation paid for the centre’s construction and will fund teaching there for at least five years.