GIS – 14 November 2013: The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) launched this morning at the Human Resource Centre, Malabar in Rodrigues, a series of workshops on Entrepreneurship development, innovation, diversification and advance pattern drafting.
The workshops which target mainly women entrepreneurs are among the training needs that have been identified for 2012-2013 based on findings of the HRDC’s survey on skills mismatch and talent gap carried out in Rodrigues during the third quarter of 2011. Some 35 Rodriguan entrepreneurs are attending as from today, a two-day workshop on entrepreneurship development, innovation and diversification, with the collaboration of the National Women Entrepreneurs Council and the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council of Mauritius.
Concurrently, another workshop on advance pattern drafting kicked off today. The six-day training is conducted by the Fashion and Design Institute of Mauritius for some 20 women entrepreneurs who have basic pattern making skills and wish to upgrade their skills for up-market production.
Although there are very few textile industries in Rodrigues, the expansion of this sector is largely limited as a result of the scarcity of water. However, Rodriguan women are very much active in garment manufacturing, especially at micro level. They produce handicrafts and garments of good quality. According to the HRDC survey, those women entrepreneurs need to be trained in garment and pattern making so that they produce both quantity and quality-wise which will help them expand their business and tap new markets
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