Industry Skills Training
PTRI provides technical training to help produce high-quality, skilled workforce in the textile and garment industry and allied micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises to ensure reliable and efficient work performance, production, and increased employment. The Institute extends technical support and expert assistance on manpower and skills development programs of DOST, the Department of Trade and Industry, other government and non-government agencies for countryside development.
Upon request, the Institute conducts in-house seminars and workshops on textile and textile-related training courses for reasonable fees or sends experts to the regions under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program of DOST.
Actual production machineries are used during the in-house courses and/or on-the-job training on textile processing and quality assurance.
The training courses, based on continuous Training Needs Analysis, have significantly contributed to improved production and quality of textiles, decreased unemployment rate of the country, and generation of additional dollar earnings.
These services are designed for students, entrepreneurs, out-of-school youth, traders, merchandisers, and related groups.
Budding entrepreneurs are encouraged to venture on business that employs textile technologies particularly on natural and synthetic dyeing. With its pool of seasoned experts, PTRI offers contract research and consultancy services to facilitate start-ups in growing into a full-blown enterprise. Networking and linkage support with garment and allied industries, leasable space, dyeing facilities, and assistance in scouting for funds are included in the services. The Institute ensures that innovation in the local industry is continuous through developing, disseminating, and commercializing viable technologies.
Educational Tours and Visits
DOST considers building up science and technology consciousness among the public vital in orienting the youth on science careers. PTRI lives by this principle by accommodating visits from textile-oriented schools and other interested groups and conducting guided tours to the laboratory and pilot plant facilities of the Institute.
Plant tours for students on field trips are held on Wednesdays if amenable to the requesting party. Otherwise, the requesting party sends a justification letter addressed to the Director explaining the need for a visit on another day.
Visits of non-students, individuals or groups not exceeding 20 members, are arranged depending on the availability of the facilities and resource persons. Testing laboratories can accommodate only six persons at a time.
Information on PTRI's range of technical services and recent developments in its research efforts on natural fibers and dyes sourced from tropical plants is displayed at DOST-sponsored science and technology fairs. The Institute also participates in exhibits and trade expositions organized by other agencies. Textured fabrics swatches in rich hues, export-quality products, and informative posters are laid out according to each event's theme. In addition, PTRI maintains a showroom of natural fabrics in formal and office wears as well as tapestries and other handcrafted items created using PTRI-developed technologies.
The Institute addresses the information needs of textile millers, researchers, technology managers, students, entrepreneurs, and the general public. PTRI houses a collection of reference, books, foreign and local journals, theses and dissertations, periodicals and ephemeral literatures on textiles and related subjects.