Pakistan's Ministry of Textile Industry (MINTEX) has teamed up with the International Labor Organization and Canadian International Development Agency to introduce a training project to develop a skilled workforce for the country's textile and apparel industry.

The programme also aims to improve the workers living standards and improve job opportunities as well as boosting the economy.

Training courses will focus on the garment sector, including fashion and apparel design, pattern making, cutting for lingerie making, line supervisory skills, quality control, stitching and knitting machine operators training.

MINTEX, which will cover trainee costs including raw materials and salary, said the project will start on 1 October. Some 600 apprentices will undergo training over the next year and a half.

Job placements will be secured after training with the help of textile associations including the Pakistan Readymade Garment Training Institute, Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute, Pakistan Fashion and Apparel Design Institute  and the Karachi SMA Rizvi Textile Institute.