With the support of Trade Promotion Programme in Kyrgyzstan implemented by International Trade Centre (ITC) and financed by the Government of Switzerland, the Kyrgyz “Legprom” Association of Textile Industry Enterprises on April 24, 2018, held the first meeting of the Coordination Council on strengthening liaison between employers and educational institutions.  The Coordination Council (CC) was established in November 2017 as the result of Round Table conducted on the topic “Mechanisms of Partnerships Promoting between Textile and Clothing Industry and Educational Institutions”.

The Agenda of the Coordination Council meeting included approving the membership and Regulation on Coordination Council along with the development of Action Plan.

The members of the Coordination Council consisted of the heads and representatives of the State Committee of Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic, Primary and Agency on Secondary Vocational Education (P&SVE) under the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chairman of Textile and Clothing Trade Union, heads and representatives of all educational institutions (universities, colleges and etc.) and heads of garment companies. The president of the “Legprom” association Asanov S.Zh. was appointed the chairman of the CC, secretary of the CC — the Legprom association project manager Aitykeeva D.A.

According to Damira Aitykeeva, the Coordination Council in future should focus on strengthening partnerships between Universities and Employers as both parties encounter challenges with job placement of their graduates.

«Higher educational institutions in virtue of many circumstances are not capable to supply fully skilled workforce and the employers are not willing to waste their time on their training. To that end, the textile industry is experiencing workforce deficit which adversely affects the entire economy on the whole. Therefore, it was decided to create the Coordination Council which is designed to bridge the gap between the universities and textile companies in addressing challenges of mutual concern», — said Aitykeeva.

In the work of the Coordination Council took part the universities preparing specialists such as designers, technologists, and professional lyceums teaching to sewing skills, and representatives of garment companies that in the future will become employers of graduates of these universities and lyceums.

The first step of the Coordinating Council was the holding of a “Job Fair”, where future employees of the garment industry were able to familiarize themselves with the activities of the companies. In the future it is planned to hold seminars for teachers of higher education institutions and lyceums from representatives of textile companies to improve their skills and transfer new experience to their students in educational institutions, training for the students themselves, increase the material and technical base in universities and lyceums, as well as other joint events, which will help to resolve the issue of the quality of training.