A technical and vocational education and training scheme supported by ADB is helping young people in Bangladesh acquire much needed professional skills, creating job opportunities and raising income for the country's burgeoning workforce.
Bangladesh's economy is growing fast. The country is focusing on training its workforce to achieve faster growth, creating jobs, and raising productivity and income.
The Asian Development Bank is supporting the government's initiative by providing skills training to youth, partnering with industry associations so that trainees will find it easier to get good jobs.
The program is delivering on its promises: after training, women get better wages, while skilled overseas workers are able to earn more. The training program focuses on 15 priority areas, including ship building, light engineering and manufacturing, information technology, construction, textile, leather and footwear.
SOT: Uttam Dey
"I had no job. I received a certificate accredited by the German government after training. Now, I work at the Chittagong shipyard. My salary is $200 a month, and I am better off than in the past."
SOT: Shurovi Akter
Machine Operator Trainee
"I didn't know how to operate machines, but after training I gained the skills I needed. Now, I hope to get a good job."
SOT: Mohammed Parvez
Metal Worker Trainee
"I am receiving training for welding and fabrication. This course will help me to get a better job, hopefully abroad."
SOT: Eng. Md. Sakhawat Hossain
General Secretary, Ship Building
Association of Bangladesh
"This program greatly improved Bangladesh's ship building industry. We have more skilled workers now, who are contributing significantly to the economy. They are also able to work abroad now, earning more than in the past."
SOT: Md. Abdur Rouf Talukder
Additional Secretary, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh,
Executive Project Director of SEIP
"The main purpose of the project is to enhance the productivity of the workforce in the industrial sector. So the government has taken this program to train 260,000 people with the intention that productivity will be enhanced and the efficiency will be increased. The ultimate goal is to increase our per capita income.
We have developed an onoline monitoring system to track training performance. We have trained 72,000 people, of which 50,000 have been certified and 30,000 have got gainful jobs. That's the performance of the program."