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Bangladesh: Supporting Technical Education and Skills Development Facility

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42466-018 Status: Approved

Bangladesh has achieved robust economic growth, averaging more than 6.0% since 2011 and recording 8.1% for FY2019. Such strong growth has been driven by steady expansion and surge in export-oriented manufacturing industries, such as ready-made garment, textile, leather, and food processing. The service sector is also growing, including retail, health care and tourism. Despite sustained growth during the past decade, the country faces tremendous challenge in developing a skilled, competitive workforce that can meet emerging skills needs in the local and global labor markets. 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. More than half of the labor force have only primary education or less; and less than 4.0% of the working-age population (aged 15 59) had received any technical or vocational training. Youth unemployment rate has risen from 4.0% in 1991 to more than 10% currently.

 
Project Name Supporting Technical Education and Skills Development Facility
Project Number 42466-018
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9966-BAN: Supporting Technical Education and Skills Development Facility
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description Bangladesh has achieved robust economic growth, averaging more than 6.0% since 2011 and recording 8.1% for FY2019. Such strong growth has been driven by steady expansion and surge in export-oriented manufacturing industries, such as ready-made garment, textile, leather, and food processing. The service sector is also growing, including retail, health care and tourism. Despite sustained growth during the past decade, the country faces tremendous challenge in developing a skilled, competitive workforce that can meet emerging skills needs in the local and global labor markets. 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. More than half of the labor force have only primary education or less; and less than 4.0% of the working-age population (aged 15 59) had received any technical or vocational training. Youth unemployment rate has risen from 4.0% in 1991 to more than 10% currently. To sustain the country's growth path and reap the benefit of demographic dividend, the country needs to invest in its human capital resources and develop a well-trained and highly-skilled workforce. Rapid technology advances are also affecting Bangladesh industries, altering the nature of jobs which demand higher levels of technical and cognitive skills while reducing demand for low-skilled jobs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy To develop job-ready and demand-responsive skills among youth for successful transition into the labor force, modern technical education and training systems are necessary. However, the capacity and quality of technical education and skills training in Bangladesh are inadequate to meet current or emerging demands for requisite skills. First of all, curriculum is largely theory-based and has limited relevance to today's requirements in industries. Second, training facilities and equipment are too outdated to deliver current or emerging technical skills, and the overall capacity is insufficient to accommodate increasing numbers of youth to be trained. Third, the supply of qualified trainers is limited, and the existing trainers have not updated their pedagogic and technical skills to adapt today's training requirements. Finally, there is lack of credible assessment and certification systems to ensure the quality of training systems. Consequently, technical education, including polytechnics, has not led to successful employment, showing a job placement rate of less than 50%. To ensure that young people are equipped with requisite skills in line with labor market demands, significant improvements are needed in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system as well as the overall skills development system. Improving the TVET system is important for ensuring inclusive development, as the trainees in technical institutes are mostly from low socioeconomic backgrounds, who may not pursue a higher education.
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Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Bangladesh
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design NA
During Project Implementation NA
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA facility will initially provide 45 person-months' consultant inputs (14 person-months international and 31 person-months national) to support the preparation of ensuing projects and implementation of ongoing projects. The consultants will be recruited using individual consultant selection method and deployed based on the requirements of each project being prepared or implemented. Individual consultant selection, rather than firm selection, is considered appropriate, because the TA facility involves multiple activities that are not necessarily interdependent and will require a varied range of consultants and services. ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement NA
Responsible ADB Officer Li, Zhigang
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Finance Division, MOF (EA)
Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka-1000
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 27 Apr 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Apr 2020

TA 9966-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Apr 2020 - - 30 Jun 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 27 Apr 2020 0.00

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