CONTRIBUTION of leather industry to the economy is set to grow following an introduction of e-learning in footwear pattern engineering to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), institutions and organisations by the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT).
The patterns of skills required to be employed in modern leather products manufacturing are continuously changing, as well as the institutional structures around them, thus calling for flexible specialised high-level training.
This was unveiled on Thursday in Dar es Salaam by the Head- DIT Mwanza Campus, Dr Albert Mmari, at the workshop to enable participants access on line the footwear pattern materials to be used for designing different types of footwear.
"Imparting new skills and technology in footwear making will enhance efficiency and quality of the products at international standards," he said.
Apart from exposing SMEs to other opportunities in the leather industry he said with e-learning, they can access markets for other leather products globally. Additionally, he said DIT is in the process of establishing leather product laboratory that will ensure leather products are of global standards.
The e-learning training programme, he said, is being coordinated by the DIT Mwanza Campus, facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) as well as the Leather Association of Tanzania (LAT).
"More than 260 SMEs from the mainland and Zanzibar have already been trained on footwear and related courses," he noted, adding that, "Demand for the training was still very high due to the huge potentials available in the leather industry."