Iqbal Hamid Trust

Conclusion of Fact Finding Mission by Footwear Training Expert

Dr. Ferenc Schmél, international renowned footwear training expert, has concluded his fact finding mission. During the course of his visit, he had detailed discussions with the PLCIP project team and undertook focused visits to local vocational institutes (VET), and PLCIP partner footwear firms. He visited Gujranwala Institute of Leather Technology (GILT), Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) Lahore , Leather Product Development Institute (LPDI) Sialkot and National Institute of Leather Technology (NILT) Karachi. He also had meetings with officials of industrial associations involved in running of these institutes and Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority. He identified the opportunities of improvement in footwear manufacturing training in Pakistan. These opportunities included development and implementation of professional education and training programmes (with special reference to introduction of e-Learning methods), implementation of CAD/CAM technology in professional education and training and their provision to local SMEs. Based on his finding, PLCIP is in processing of initiating Training of Trainers (ToT) for footwear sector in partnership with TEVTA.

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