Persons with an interest in the apparel industry appear to be focused on designing clothes, but not constructing them.
"Employers, however, want persons for construction (sewing). The employers sometimes have the designs already and want persons to assemble garment," says Audrey Toussaint, head of the Garmex Academy.
Short courses in garment construction have big support at Garmex Academy.
"On a Saturday there is no space here. It is a beehive of activity. We find that the uptake is very good as it relates to persons wanting short courses," stated Toussaint.
Short-term courses run for 12 consecutive Saturdays and mainly attract older professionals including some already employed, but who want "to better hone skills or brush up on skills already learnt".
According to Toussaint, 40 persons, across two groups, are now being trained in fashion designing, but the institution can take 40 more in its year-long programmes.
"Yes, we can. We can take more in terms of persons who can provide the opportunity for those who want to focus on garment construction. In other words, we recognise that there is a demand for persons to be trained in construction and assembling garments," explained Toussaint.