Successful applicants will be announced at the upcoming Bangladesh Denim Expo in April

Successful applicants will be announced at the upcoming Bangladesh Denim Expo in April

Bangladesh Denim Expo is launching an apprenticeship programme aimed at developing the skills of the country's denim professionals.

The programme will be open to local professionals in the Bangladesh denim industry under the age of 35, working in the spheres of garment design, textile design and engineering, merchandising, product management and research and development.

The week-long scholarship programme, which is fully funded by the Bangladesh Denim Expo, will run from 15 – 22 April 2020 in Europe and will offer the opportunity for selected applicants to attend training sessions at the European headquarters of globally reputed denim companies and institutions, covering sustainable and innovation advances in the fields of denim fabric production, denim garment finishing and chemicals used in the garment finishing process.

Applications for the scholarship will be conducted online and the first five successful applicants will be announced at the 12th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo to be held on 6-7 April 2020.

Speaking to just-style, Mostafiz Uddin, organiser of the Bangladesh Denim Expo said despite the national industry having come a long way to becoming the second-largest apparel exporter in the world, it still has potential to grow and thrive.

"Taking the apparel industry of Bangladesh to the next level greatly hinges upon ensuring the availability of qualified and skilled human resources in the industry. Moreover, the growing need for sustainability and innovation in meeting customer demands has made the training and development of our young professionals all the more important. But unfortunately investing in human resources is one such area which is still largely untapped, particularly in middle management. Few garment factories invest in training up young professionals and there is a lack of training facilities for young industry professionals. 

"Bangladesh Denim Expo is very proud to launch this initiative for the long term benefit of the talented denim professionals of the country and for the sustainable future of Bangladesh denim industry. We need to develop a culture of continual education for our workforce to take the industry to the next level. I believe this is only the beginning and hope to expand the programme and see it emulated by others in the near future."