A Sri Lankan prison has launched a training program designed to equip inmates with garment manufacturing skills, in a bid to create future employment opportunities.

Bogombara Prison, one of the island nation's biggest prisons with the capacity for more than a thousand inmates, is now home to the FreedomX garment factory where the training program takes places.

About 200 prisoners work in the factory, which supplies jackets to the local market and government organisations.

With no trade union action putting a halt to production, commissioner general of prisons Rumy Marzook has been so impressed with the reliability of the factory that a similar facility has been established at Welikada Prison in Colombo.

Prior to the program's implementation, Sri Lankan prisoners were primarily trained in carpentry, weaving and cane furniture production.