Testing and inspection specialist Intertek has teamed up with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to launch the fifth collection of training courses set up by the Government of Bangladesh.

The Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) was designed by the Government to support the apparel and textile sector – the country's largest export industry. The Government-funded SEIP courses aim to increase the skilled workforce and build future leaders of the industry.

Initiated in June 2016, the programme has helped more than 120 graduates to develop the skills needed to join the workforce in the garment manufacturing industry. Intertek has supported trainees with its expertise in quality assurance and textile testing by offering bespoke training modules.

The programme is designed for both classroom training and shop floor skill enhancement learning to build a practical awareness of quality assurance testing within the textiles sector.

"By supporting the SEIP project, we are strengthening the Bangladeshi garment and textile workforce and supporting a new generation of leaders for this sector and our country," said Sandeep Das, country managing director of Intertek Bangladesh at the recent launch. "This is an opportunity for selected students to learn best practices in a world class laboratory like Intertek that will allow them to achieve best in class performance in the workplace."