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We need to diversify our labour force

  • Published at 12:00 am February 18th, 2020
Rabeya Sultana-Mechanic-Mahmud Hossain Opu-Dhaka Tribune
Rabeya Sultana “Mechanic Rabbi Apa” at work Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

We cannot, at this juncture, afford to underestimate the value of vocational training

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s emphasis on allocating more funds for vocational and technical training is highly encouraging for the nation, especially as Bangladesh embarks upon the next stage of its development journey.

As a newspaper, we have, on numerous occasions, emphasized the importance of vocational training to ensure a more sustainable economy; and we are pleased to see that the government is thinking along the same lines.

This is indeed the sort of thinking that differentiates between an economy that continues to grow as it moves into the future and one that falters and stagnates after having risen to a certain point.

We cannot, at this juncture, afford to underestimate the value of vocational training: Much of the economy is run by our plumbers, our carpenters, our drivers, and other technicians of the country.

However, it is unfortunate that a mindset still exists amongst the people which sees such vocations as being from a certain class, but this needs to change. 

More and more people from all walks of life are finding themselves contributing to the economy using the skills of their respective trades, and our collective perception of this must change to suit the needs of the modern world.

In fact, most successful economies reward such workers greatly, both financially and in terms of the respect they are afforded, and it is high time that we did the same: Not every young person needs to study business at a university in order to become the captain of an industry.

Not only would better training allow for better services to be provided, but with around two million people entering the labour force every year, it would also equip them with the skills necessary to become successful contributors to our burgeoning economy.