“A modern and inclusive skills system 21 initiative will build on past achievements and ultimately provide greater access to quality vocational training for men and women alike, he also said”
Guy Ryder made the speeches at a joint project launching programme held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on Monday.
“With Skills 21, Bangladesh will benefit its demographic dividend not just in quantity but also in quality, he added.”
Set to run from January 2017 to December 2020, the Skills 21 project will strengthen the National Skills Development System by continuing earlier reforms and by developing a National Qualifications Framework.
The project also aims to support partnerships between private sector and relevant training providers to develop and implement effective professional education and training programmes. The initiative involves 20 million euro.
Given the importance of labour migration in the Bangladesh economy, Skills 21 will also include actions for the integration of migration issues in the Skills Development System.
The programme will support the returning migrants as well as those aspiring to migrate so they are able to secure better paid work.
The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry Of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs, National Skills Development Council Secretariat, Directorate of Technical Education, Bangladesh Technical Education Board and Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.
However, Education Secretary Md. Sohorab Hossain signed the declaration on behalf of the government while Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon and Director-General Guy Ryder inked the document for the EU and ILO respectively. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid witnessed the event.
“This initiative will support the government’s commitment to inclusive economic growth and full and productive employment for all,” the Education Minister said.
He said a skilled and productive workforce would make a major contribution to the goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2021.
Pierre Mayaudon said, Bangladesh required a skilled labour force to ensure sustainable economic growth.
“This EU funded intervention will also aim at creating the conditions for a sector wide approach for the TVET policy area in Bangladesh. In doing so, we will also be instrumental in creating more skilled trainers and more diversified job opportunities for young Bangladeshis”, he added.