Bernama) -- Thousands of Cambodians may be ready to run the country's garment factories in the next few years with the launch of its first national training center, China's Xinhua news agency quoted national media as saying on Friday.
Housed at the National Technical Training Institute (NTTI) here, the facility will offer management course to workers with more than two years' experience in the industry beginning later this year, said English-language daily newspaper the Phnom Penh Post.
Funding for the training center will be provided by the government, the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA) and the French Development Agency.
Cambodia's garment sector employs about 320,000 people on factory floors, but very few of the estimated 10,000 managers are local.
According to the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), the Cambodian garment industry suffered a net loss of 20, 000 jobs and 22 factories in 2008 as international demand fell, and there will be further drop in orders this quarter.
Garment used to be Cambodia's foremost pillar industry and shared over 70 percent of its annual export volumes.