64 students complete skills acquisition at NEPC, HCDC, Vlisco training

No fewer than 64 students — 16 industrial pattern makers and 48 sewing machine operators — have successfully completed their skill acquisition training organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the Human Capital Development Training Centre (HCDC) in partnership with Vlisco Nigeria.

Facilitated by Style House Files, the 8-week training session promote garment making skills, create and upgrade the technical skills to improve quality, productivity and efficiency level of the garment industry.

Commenting on the NEPC’s involvement with HCDC, Executive Director/CEO of the Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, said, “HCDC furthers our mission to boost Nigeria’s non-oil exports, which we believe will characterise our future economic landscape.
“At the training center students are exposed to fundamental expertise and mastery needed to contribute to the garment and textile industry, catalyzing an ecosystem that fosters a trade oriented private sector through indigenous product development and export,” he added.

According to Awolowo, the HCDC supports the goal to establish the garment manufacturing industry as valuable with the hopes of boosting non-oil exports, adding that this edition of the training, second in the series witnessed higher success rate in comparison to previous editions with a percent dropout rate and 98 percent daily attendance. 

“In a remarkable feat, 100 percent of the students proceeded into the industrial training phase where they produced a ready-to-wear collection under the umbrella of VATHISWA for HCDC,” Awolowo explained.

Also speaking on the success of the training, Country Manager, Vlisco Nigeria, Mr. Adebisi Yeye-Adekunle said, “Vlisco is committed to facilitating solutions that empower creatives with skills and revenue generating opportunities within the textile and garment sector of the economy, an industry we believe will be very crucial in the future economic landscape of Nigeria.”

The top five students from the training, Grace Ogwu, Simon Nneamaka, Bolaji Busari, Bukola Kumolu and Anu Akinrinwa, were presented with one sewing machine respectively, while the best student got a cash prize from Vlisco as part of the company’s ongoing support to the apparel production sector.

Omoyemi Akerele, founder, Style House Files and Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) on her part explained that at the heart of Style House Files is the fundamental vision to engineer opportunities in the textile and garment sector for skills acquisition and apparel manufacturing in an effort to stimulate growth of the Nigerian creative economy and move the conversation toward commerce.

Commenting on the training program, Akerele said, “It is encouraging to see the trainees, some, with little to no knowledge on garment construction finish this course with strong technical capabilities. This is why HCDC exists, to equip the creative industry with capable human resources that can contribute to the sustainability and commercialization of the industry as well as increase its overall capacity to impact the Nigerian economy.”

HCDC is located in Apapa Lagos and has over 150 sewing machines, pattern making and cutting tables.

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