FTUB Occupational Training Centre a model for others
The success of the occupational training centre project has inspired at least one other organisation. The project in Mae Sot was recently visited by Thai lawyers from the Human Rights and Development Foundation, because they plan to set up a similar project in Myawaddy, which is a small border town In Burma across the bridge from Mae Sot, where a special economic zone is being established.
It is not surprising that this is seen as an effective model. The project target of 350 per year has been exceeded and now, at the end of the two years, 798 migrants (including 60 young men, mostly brothers of the trainees) have learnt industrial sewing skills and found work within days in the factories along the border and in Thailand. Employers now initiate contact with the centre seeking skilled workers and two factories provide fabric remnants and thread for the training.