We need to tap into the potential of our youth population, and that means focusing on job creation
The first thing on the minds of most fresh graduates when they go to the polling centre is employment.
These educated young people are ready, willing, and hungry to start working and contributing to the economy and wellbeing of the nation, but sadly, many of them find themselves frustrated at the lack of opportunity.
As a nation, we need to tap into the potential of our youth population, and that means focusing on job creation as well as providing the right kind of skills training needed for today’s competitive world.
Bangladesh has a disproportionately high youth population, and the needs of this segment, in terms of vocational or technical skills, simply cannot be ignored.
To that end, it is important to understand that not everyone has to purse an expensive university degree in order to be productive: There is need in various sectors that make use of practical skills, but as a society, we have to fight condescending attitudes towards certain kinds of work.
Ensuring that Bangladesh boasts a healthy and diverse workforce with the right kind of skills and knowledge is essential for the country’s progress and development, so it is no wonder that job creation is topmost in the list of things that matter to voters.
Our economy has made great strides in the recent past, but sadly, much of it has been jobless growth.
Ultimately, for sustainable economic development in the long term, the government has a duty to not just create more job opportunities, but invest in the skills training that will help the youth realize their economic potential.