Exciting Opportunity for Bhutanese Artisans and Craftsmen: One-Month Training Program in Design Thinking Skills to Foster Product Innovation and Diversity in the Handicrafts Sector!

Dear Bhutanese artisans and crafts people,

we are pleased to inform you that the Handicrafts Association of Bhutan (HAB) and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (GrAT) in Austria, in partnership with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang(KMITL) in Thailand, are offering a series of training program in Design Thinking Skills. The training program is one of the capacity building activities of the SHINE project (http://shine.grat.at), funded by EU SWITCH-Asia Programme.

This program aims to enhance the skills of artisans and boost the growth of Bhutan’s handicrafts industry. The entire program consists of 4 modules, and the first module takes place on March 4th and 5th, 2023. The program will foster product innovation and diversity in the handicrafts sector and will focus on five thematic areas – Cane and Bamboo, Woodcrafts, Textile-based handicrafts, Metal work, and Ceramic. Packaging is a cross-cutting theme.

Any artisans from 7 target districts of the SHINE project –Trashi Yangste, Trashigang, Mongar, Lhuentse, Pemagatshel, Zhemgang, and Dagana can apply, but priority will be given to those who

– are highly-skilled in one of the five handicrafts areas;
– have a minimum experience of 5 years to take the handicraft as a permanent career;
– communicate well in English;
– are highly motivated to learn innovation, and willing to share with other artisans with community spirit.

Seats are limited, so please apply by submitting your profile to HAB by February 21st, 2023, 5 PM.Do not miss this opportunity to advance your craft and business. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sonam Choden at HAB, at 77397548 during office hours. Let’s make Bhutan’s handicrafts industry shine!