The Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) - Tranche 3 (2020-2023) aims to harness and institutionalize training partnerships established under Tranches 1 and 2. It continues to support sector-focused job-ready skills training through the existing partnerships with public institutes, industry associations and other organizations, covering skills requirements in 10 industry sectors. It introduces selected advanced courses to adopt and adapt emerging Industry 4.0 skill requirements and help industries move up the value chain. It will also support new training specifically targeted at socially disadvantaged groups (including people with disabilities) and women entrepreneurs to ensure inclusive skilling efforts. Overall, Tranche 3 will train about 320,000 people, 30% of whom will be women.
|Project Name||Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 3|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Technical and vocational education and training
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Description||The Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) - Tranche 3 (2020-2023) aims to harness and institutionalize training partnerships established under Tranches 1 and 2. It continues to support sector-focused job-ready skills training through the existing partnerships with public institutes, industry associations and other organizations, covering skills requirements in 10 industry sectors. It introduces selected advanced courses to adopt and adapt emerging Industry 4.0 skill requirements and help industries move up the value chain. It will also support new training specifically targeted at socially disadvantaged groups (including people with disabilities) and women entrepreneurs to ensure inclusive skilling efforts. Overall, Tranche 3 will train about 320,000 people, 30% of whom will be women. Tranche 3 continues to support the operationalization of the National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) and the National Human Resource Development Fund (NHRDF) to sustain the SEIP efforts in building a strong skilled workforce.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Bangladesh's economy has achieved robust growth of more than 6% annually since 2010, driven largely by the booming garment sector and increasing remittance inflows. However, to place the country into a sustained growth path with diversified economic bases, inadequate education and skills of its workforce pose a binding constraint. More than half of the labor force have only primary education or less; and less than 4% of the working-age population (aged 15-59) had received any technical or vocational training. The working-age population is expanding fast, from 87 million in 2011 to 119 million by 2026, with 2 million potential new entrants to the labor force every year. In the early 2010s, technical and vocational training institutes trained fewer than 500,000 people annually; and poor quality of training resulted in only 25%-40% of graduates finding jobs. Recognizing the challenge, the government has embarked on major educational and training reforms since 2010 to build a strong workforce that will ensure the demographic dividend for a dynamic economy. Significant investments by the government and development partners have underpinned sharp increases in primary and secondary school enrollments. For technical and vocational skills training, the National Skills Development Policy (NSDP) in 2011 has steered major institutional and policy reforms to create a highly skilled workforce across diverse industrial sectors.
Anchored in the NSDP, the SEIP has adopted the MFF modality to assist the government's strategic road map that intends to transform its skills development system both quantitatively and qualitatively. The roadmap envisages to equip the growing young population with industry relevant, job-ready skills to enhance their employability, productivity, and income. The MFF supports the government's ambitious skilling agenda in phases for the following areas. First, it expands the national training capacity by mobilizing the private sector (i.e., industry associations) and revitalizing public training institutes to scale up the provision of job-ready skills training. The expanded provision will assure that women and socially disadvantaged groups can access the training. Second, the MFF aligns quality and contents of training with specific industrial demands by fostering direct involvement from industries. Quality assurance is enhanced through improved training infrastructure, trainers' qualifications, and assessment and certification procedures. Finally, the MFF supports key institutional reforms: the establishment of the National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) to coordinate fragmented training systems in the public and private sectors; and the creation of the National Human Resource Development Fund (NHRDF) to serve as a unified financing mechanism to sustain nationwide skilling initiatives.
|Impact||Income and productivity of the working population aged 15 and over increased|
|Description of Outcome||Inclusive access to basic, mid-level, and advanced skills training for priority sectors increased.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||No training under Tranche 3 has started yet due to COVID-19 pandemic, although contracts have already been signed with some industry associations. Training activities have been officially suspended since 18 March 2020.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Market-responsive inclusive skills training delivered
Quality assurance system strengthened
Monitoring and management for skills development enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Output 1: Preliminary activities are ongoing although no training under Tranche 3 has started yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contracts have already been signed with some industry associations. Other contracts are under preparation and review. Training activities have been officially suspended since 18 March 2020.
Output 2: Activities will start immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic eases up.
Output 3: Recruitment rules and organogram of NHRDF have been approved. Recruitment of staff will start immediately after the pandemic eases up. Operational manual and financing plan have not yet been approved by Finance Division (no meeting has been done since the second meeting on January 02, 2020 because of pandemic).
NSDA rules have been approved and posted in the website. Organogram of NSDA has been cleared by Finance Division. Recruitment will start soon after completing a few more internal procedures.
Civil works packages are for contract award by Nov/Dec 2020.
Output 4: Activities are ongoing. Will be completed in due course.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Tranche 3 will support the renovation of BITAC training facilities and the new construction of BACI training facilities for construction skills training. Hence, Tranche 3 is classified as Environment Category B. Initial environment assessments have been carried out for the two sites of BITAC and BACI facilities, and environment management plans have been prepared in accordance with the environmental assessment review framework. Any potential environment impacts during construction are considered manageable as outlined in the environment management plan. Additional sites for upgrading training facilities may be identified for support under Tranche 3. Accordingly, the environment review framework had been updated during Tranche 3 preparation.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Tranche 3 does not require any land acquisition or relocation of people. Upgrading civil works for training facilities will occur within existing premises.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Tranche 3 will generate positive impacts to small ethnic communities through increased skilling opportunities and targeted financial support.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Participatory approaches and project activities-Key stakeholders were consulted throughout implementation of Projects 1 and 2, and during Project 3 preparation. These included training providers and coordinators, teachers and trainees, representatives from industry associations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and government stakeholders. Public consultations were also undertaken across several districts, including meetings with regional administrators, training institutes, trainees, and trainers. Regular consultations have taken place during Projects 1 and 2 implementation to identify any project-related grievances and to seek feedback from communities about SEIP training programs. Civil society organizations. -Private and NGO training providers are important partners in SEIP. They deliver market-relevant training and coordinate activities to enhance training quality.|
|During Project Implementation||Industry associations and NGOs, as training partners for SEIP, are regularly consulted during project implementation; hence, a separate participation plan is not needed.|
|Consulting Services||All consultants will be selected using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) and will be subject to ADB's prior review. ADB's member country procurement eligibility restrictions will apply.|
Goods and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). Goods valued at $2 million or more and works valued at $15 million or more will be procured through international competitive bidding method using ADB's standard bidding documents and will be subject to prior review by ADB. Goods and civil works packages with estimated value below the international competitive bidding threshold mentioned above will be procured using the national competitive bidding method, in accordance with the government's Public Procurement Act (2006, and subsequent amendments) and Public Procurement Rules (2008, and subsequent amendments) subject to modifications agreed between the government and ADB as set out in the FAM and procurement plan. For efficiency and economy, small civil works can be grouped together into larger bid packages, wherever feasible.
The existing implementing partners from Tranches 1 and 2 - 13 industry associations, BB-SME, and PKSF will be continuously be engaged through SSS to deliver the ongoing training courses, along with new courses. The same training grants contracts developed in Tranche 1 will be used with the updated business plan template for consistency across the implementing partners. The draft training grants contracts along with the business plan will be submitted to ADB for review and endorsement.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lee, Sunhwa|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
Finance Division, MOF (EA)
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka-1000
|MRM||04 Jul 2019|
|Approval||10 Oct 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||21 Nov 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|10 Oct 2019||25 Nov 2019||28 Jan 2020||18 May 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||191.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||150.00||10 Oct 2019||22.64||0.00||15%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||10 Oct 2019||10.06||0.00||7%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Skills for Employment Investment Program – Tranche 3: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2020)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Jun 2020|
|Skills for Employment Investment Program – Tranche 3: Indigenous People Plan Monitoring Report (January-June 2020)||Social Monitoring Reports||Jun 2020|
|Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 3: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Jun 2019|
|Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 3: Small Ethnic Community Peoples Plan||Indigenous Peoples Plans/Indigenous Peoples Development Plans||Jun 2019|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Environmental Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Jan 2021||18 Jan 2021|
|Site Engineer (Civil)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||07 Dec 2020||20 Dec 2020|
|Site Engineer (Electrical)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||07 Dec 2020||20 Dec 2020|
|L3839-BAN: Skills for Employment Investment Program – Tranche 3 [WD-01]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||29 Jun 2020||13 Aug 2020|
|L3839-BAN: Skills for Employment Investment Program – Tranche 3 [WD-02]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||06 Mar 2020||04 Jun 2020|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|T-08: SKILLS TRAINING-PALLI KARMA SAHAYAK FOUNDATI ON (PKSF)||Loan 3839||28 Dec 2020||PALLI KARMA-SAHAYAK FOUNDATION (PKSF)||E-4/B, AGARGAON ADMINISTRATIVE AREA SHER-E-BANGLA NAGAR, DHAKA-1207 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||5,900,127.13||5,900,127.13|
|T-01: IT SKILLS TRAINING-BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION OF SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION SERVICES (BASIS)||Loan 3839||21 Dec 2020||BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION OF SOFTWARE AND INFORM||BDBL BHABAN (LEVEL 5 ? WEST) 12 KAWRAN BAZAR, DHAKA-1215 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||2,766,881.29||2,766,881.29|
|WD-02: CONSTRUCTION OF BACI SKILL DEVELOPMENT INST ITUTE||Loan 3839||14 Dec 2020||DELTA ENGINEERS & CONSORTIUM LTD.-EHA (JV)||435-A/2, CHASHI KALLYAN BHABAN BORO MOGBAZAR, DHAKA-1217 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||CONSTRUCTION||2,825,697.21||2,822,892.70|
|T-10: LEATHER GOODS SKILLS TRAINING-LEATHER GOODS AND FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS ASSOCIATI ON (LFMEAB)||Loan 3839||14 Dec 2020||LEATHERGOODS AND FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURERS &||ERECTORS HOUSE (9F), 18-KEMAL ATATURK AVE, BANANI C/A, DHAKA-1213 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||3,089,483.76||3,089,483.76|
|T-14: TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SKILLS TRAINING - T&H ISC||Loan 3839||01 Dec 2020||TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNC||SATTARA CENTER (13TH FLOOR), 30/A, NAYA PALTAN, VIP ROAD, DHAKA-1000 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||2,827,804.81||2,827,804.81|
|T-11: CALL CENTER SKILLS TRAINING - BANGLADESH ASS OCIATION OF CALL CENTERS AND OUTSOURCING (BACCO)||Loan 3839||25 Sep 2020||BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION OF CALL CENTERS AND OU||CNAVANA TOWER(5/F), 45, GULSHAN AVENUE GULSHAN-1, DHAKA-1212 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||3,224,400.07||3,223,544.64|
|T-16: CONSTRUCTION SKILLS TRAINING - REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF BANGLADESH (REHAB)||Loan 3839||21 Aug 2020||REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF BANGLA||NATIONAL PLAZA 5/6F, 1/G, FREE SCHOOL ST SONARGAON ROAD, DHAKA 1205 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||3,786,010.86||3,785,211.75|
|T-13: AGRO-FOOD SKILLS TRAINING - BANGLADESH AGRO PROCESSORS' ASSOCIATION (BAPA)||Loan 3839||11 Aug 2020||BANGLADESH AGRO PROCESSORS' ASSOCIATION-BAPA||NAVANA NEWBURY PALACE, D-6 (6/F), 4/1/A SOBHANBAGH, DHANMONDI, DHAKA-1207 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||5,331,752.22||5,329,451.20|
|T-02: CONSTRUCTION SKILLS TRAINING - BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (BACI)||Loan 3839||11 Aug 2020||BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION OF CONSTRUCTION||EASTERN ELITE CENTER (5F), HOUSE 50 RD, #9/A, SATMASJID RD, DHANMONDI 1209 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||6,180,523.26||6,177,855.93|
|INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA (IBA,DU)-MIDLEVEL/MANAGERIAL TRAINING||Loan 3839||15 Jul 2020||INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION||DHAKA - 1000 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||1,497,231.15||1,497,231.15|
|T-17: BANGLADESH WOMEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (BWCCI)||Loan 3839||15 Jul 2020||BANGLADESH WOMEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND||PLOT # 2(2ND AND 3RD FLOOR), ROAD # 23/C GULSHAN-1, DHAKA-1212 BANGLADESH||Finance Division, MOF||OTHERS||2,622,143.21||2,622,143.21|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Skills for Employment Investment Program - Tranche 3: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Oct 2019|