Since its establishment 43 years ago, Clothing Industry Training Authority witnessed the development and transformation of the clothing industry from a manufacturing base to a key global hub embracing fashion design, brand management, offshore production management, and global sourcing. In parallel, demands for vocational and professional training in the fashion industry remains ever-changing.
As the leading professional training institute of fashion in Hong Kong, the Authority relentlessly keeps abreast of new developments of the industry while offering programmes that well match market demands and providing a pool of well-trained technical professionals in the industry. In pursuit of excellence, the Authority contributes to the competitive advantage of the local fashion industry in the knowledge-based economy.
In the emergence of “Industry 4.0”, we see a dramatic socio-economic transformation in the advent of application of artificial intelligence and big data. The development of the Greater Bay Area, which harnesses the socio-economic connection in the community brings a new horizon for the development of local economy besides. The resulted synergy effect further brings about a boon to economic development within the region.
Role of facilitating the development of pillar industries in the Greater Bay Area is one of the foci of the government. Education is one of the pillar industries topped the league table contributing to a bright outlook for local professional training institute in the area alongside the new challenges. As a well-established training institute for the fashion industry with a long history of over 40 years, the Authority is at the forefront of the domain for vocational and professional training. We are continuing to advancing teaching expertise by applying state-of-the-art technical elements to the training contents to better equip students to adapt to the ever-changing development in the industry and to cope with new challenges.
In collaboration with Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education, the Authority has offered a new programme, Higher Diploma in Digital Fashion Creation, to cater for the advancement of the digital fashion design technology. It aims at training on the application of 3D CAD software for fashion creation of virtual samples and customisation, for instance. This technology, which alters the process of fashion design and production mode, helps shorten the duration of a design concept to product. Besides, with the support of Labour and Welfare Bureau, Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and Education Bureau, this programme will be covered under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) in the 2019-20 academic year.
The Sample Development Centre was established in 2016 in response to the recommendations made by the “Advisory Group on Implementation of Fashion Initiatives”. The Centre provides garment prototyping services for local fashion design SME to provide support for the start-ups to realise their design collections. In the past two years, the Centre has produced nearly 1,000 prototypes for more than 40 companies.
During the year, Specification of Competency Standards (SCS) of the fashion industry was officially published. In its wake, skills and qualifications of the practitioners can be recognised through the Qualifications Framework facilitating training and human resource development for the industry and hence giving rise to sustainable growth and development for fashion industry through the upgraded skills.
In recent years, the issue of sustainability has been a top priority for the agenda across all sorts of industrial sectors regarding long-term development. The textile and clothing industry prioritises sustainability likewise as it is featured of substantial consumption of various resources and materials. In the pursuit of sustainability, the Authority has paid much effort to promote the values of sustainability and to facilitate its implementation through a host of activities.
One of the activities includes the large-scale annual summit on sustainability in fashion – Fashion Summit. The summit was attended by more than 50 overseas speakers sharing the cases and perspectives on global sustainable fashion. The practical measures cover the newly upgraded Activity-based Carbon Footprint Model (ACFM) and the Activity-based Water Footprint Model (AWFM), which had been developed years ago. These two models were well received with great support from the industry, and more than 40 companies were provided with system training to employ this model in measuring the resources consumption for their products.