Ethiopia has rapidly transformed itself as one of the fastest growing and promising economies. With a large workforce, alongside strong government incentives, competitive labor costs, and low energy costs, the African nation has garnered interest from foreign investors and buyers. In recent years, the garment and textile industry has developed rapidly in terms of machinery and technology due to the rise in investment. The Belgian company ERVE has made use of the growing potential in Ethiopia’s garment industry and opened two state of the art factories, named Beconnected Labelling plc and Beconnected Printing plc. This however, gives rise for the need to ensure the development of a socially and environmentally sustainable textile and garment industry and appropriate skill development alongside the upgrade of technology in the industry. For the implementation of advanced social standards, ERVE will collaborate with the local International Labor Organization (ILO) representation. To build a bridge between the theoretical and practical world, ERVE will cooperate with Bahir Dar University (BDU) and provide students with internship opportunities per year either in their factories.
ERVE will also set up a training center and provide training for a total of 105 trainees across a span of 2 years. The trainees will engage in an intensive vocational training and afterwards, they will be certified as multi-skilled operators. ERVE will then hire some of these trainees while the rest of them will be ready to serve the needs of the growing industry of Ethiopian garment and textile industry.