Bangladesh: Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 42466-015 Status: Active


ADB is helping Bangladesh strengthen skills development and increase employment in priority sectors. The first project under the program will scale up the quality and standards of training programs, focusing on six priority sectors. It will strengthen institutions in enhancing skills development and improve access to training programs, particularly for women and disadvantaged groups.

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Project Name Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 42466-015
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0391-BAN: Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 1
Government of Switzerland US$ 10.00 million
Loan 3131-BAN: Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million
Loan: Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 1
Korea International Cooperation Agency US$ 13.00 million
World Bank US$ 79.00 million
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome For the total enrollment target of 260,000 under Tranche 1, an estimated 33,600 trainees have been enrolled, and the number is increasing; 31% of enrollees have been certified, and about 23% of trainees have been female. The first certified trainees are now getting employed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The SDCMU has signed contracts with 7 industry associations, and memoranda of understanding with Bangladesh Bank Small and Medium Enterprise (BB-SME) Department, Palli-Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), and 32 public training institutions (PTIs) (20 technical training centers under the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment; 9 technical schools and colleges under the Ministry of Education; and 3 Bangladesh Industrial and Technical Assistance Centers under the Ministry of Industry). The SDCMU will shortly sign another contract with the Bangladesh Association of Call Center and Outsourcing (BACCO) and the Leather goods And Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (LFMEAB). For a total enrollment target of 260,000 under Tranche 1, 33,600 trainees have been enrolled in 149 training centers across 37 districts to date; 31% of enrollees have been certified, and about 23% of trainees have been female.

Establishment of Two Industry Skills Councils has been supported. The preparation for establishment of National Human Resource Development Fund is wel. under way.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Under project 1, only existing facilities will receive support for minor adjustment or renovations to cater to training activity needs. No acquisition of land is planned. Accordingly, project 1 is category C for environment safeguard.
Involuntary Resettlement Since no relocation of people is also planned, project 1 is category C for involuntary resettlement safeguard.
Indigenous Peoples The investment program will reach and include unskilled residents of remote areas and members of disadvantaged groups, including indigenous peoples. Project 1 is expected to have positive impacts and is classified category B for indigenous peoples safeguards in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). A small ethnic community planning framework was developed to guide the executing and implementing agencies in assessing the presence of indigenous peoples in the project area and conducting separate consultations to elicit their views, identify the need for culturally compatible mechanisms for their participation, and ensure incorporation of adequate measures in project activities. The executing agency through the SDCMU will monitor these activities closely and ensure necessary actions.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Representatives of the project stakeholders were consulted during program preparation. The stakeholders consulted were the TVET regulating body, those responsible for labor market functioning, industry and other employers, private and nongovernment organization providers of TVET, and development partners. The program will seek inputs from other stakeholders, such as trade unions, new TVET students, TVET graduates, parents, and international employers, and secondary and higher education institutions to improve the quality of training.

Public consultations were also conducted with industry associations, public training institutions, the Bangladesh Bank small and medium enterprise program, and Palli-Karma Sahayak Foundation which has more than 200 partner nongovernment organizations.

During Project Implementation

Regular consultation will be undertaken during program implementation not only to identify any program-related grievances but also to seek feedback from the community on how it sees the program achieving its targets.

Adequate participation of civil society organizations in project implementation will also be ensured through constant dialogue, workshops, training programs, and dissemination of findings from monitoring and evaluation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services All consultants will be selected using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Since the investment program is being financed by ADB's Special Funds resources and ADB will also be administering cofinancing to be provided by the Government of Switzerland, ADB's member country eligibility restrictions will not apply to this investment program. Up to nine industry associations and PKSF will be contracted by the executive agency using single-source selection to deliver skills training in agreed sectors and skills areas.
Procurement The government will procure all goods, works, and consulting services for the investment program. Goods and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Goods valued at more than $1 million and works valued at more than $2 million will be procured using international competitive bidding and ADB's standard bidding documents, and be subject to prior review. Goods and works valued below the international competitive bidding threshold will be procured using national competitive bidding in accordance with the government's Public Procurement Act (2006) and it's Public Procurement Rules (2008), subject to modifications agreed by the government and ADB.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Finance Division, MOF (EA)
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka-1000


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 04 Feb 2014
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Grant 0391-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jun 2014 19 Jan 2015 24 Feb 2015 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 38.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 03 Jun 2014 0.00 3.31 33%
Counterpart 28.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 10.00 03 Jun 2014 0.00 2.63 26%

Loan 3131-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jun 2014 04 Jun 2014 24 Jul 2014 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 100.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 03 Jun 2014 58.02 0.00 64%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 03 Jun 2014 11.22 0.00 12%

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