ADDIS ABEBA, 22th November 2019 — The Workers Engagement and Retention (WEAR) soft skills training programme of Enterprise Partners aims at building a resilient and productive workforce in the Ethiopian garment industry by aligning basic human needs with industry requirements. The newly-developed national soft skill audio-visual training content provides the skills and knowledge that operator-level factor workers require for better industrial orientation.
The training content is comprised of 10 modules each illustrated by a 3-4 minute video narrated by “Aster” – a character based on would-be trainees. The training modality also includes learning boards to guide discussion on key ideas facilitated by a factory trainer who is supported by external master trainers, and continuous learning circles to reinforce messages. The training topics include transitioning into urban life, value chains, nutrition, health and safety, communication and problem solving, and valuing diversity. The material is available in Amharic, Tigrigna and Afan-Oromo languages.
To implement the training programme, factories may request the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute or contact Enterprise Partners.