The government and the International Labour Organisation have launched a project to achieve the goal of building a better trained and qualified workforce for key industrial sectors.
The Canadian government is funding the project, Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP), the ILO said in a statement yesterday.
The multi-year project worth 19.5 million Canadian dollars will primarily focus on agro-food processing, tourism and hospitality, pharmaceuticals, ceramics and furniture making.
The project aims to ensure supply of skilled workforce to the target sectors by introducing 20 new competency based programmes for priority occupations.
The B-SEP project will provide skills funding, planning and support services, and competency-based training and assessment to ensure quality and improved access to skills training.
During the five-year period, the project will train 1,000 trainers, assessors and managers; train and certify 14,500 workers and master crafts persons through apprenticeships and provide job placement and career support to over 5,000 beneficiaries.
B-SEP will also promote gender equity, participation of disadvantaged groups and will train over 2,500 women and people with disabilities.
“We believe that Canada's support to this ILO project will contribute to a better-trained and skilled workforce in target sectors, which have the potential to contribute to economic opportunities for the people of Bangladesh,” said Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cruden.
“Building on the momentum of ILO-led Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Project, this new project will take the issue of skills development to a new level and will directly enhance the capacity of all the stakeholders.” said Srinivasa B Reddy, ILO country director for Bangladesh.
“We have achieved the goal of bringing nearly all children to school; now it is time to turn them into a skilled workforce,” Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said.