Uttoron - Qualifications for industry-driven trainings

Uttoron is a skills development program that aims to create gainful employment opportunities for 1,400 community members in three eastern districts of Bangladesh (Sylhet, Moulavibazar and Habiganj). The program will support community members to qualify for industry-driven trainings, positioning them for new or improved employment opportunities. On receiving market-valued skills and rewarding jobs, these community members will have the opportunity to increase their income and improve their living standards.

Uttoron will work with community members to raise their awareness on the benefits of participating in industry-oriented trainings. With Uttoron’s support, interested community members will receive training on pre-vocational qualifications and various soft skills. A combination of technical and workplace-oriented trainings will prepare the community members for jobs in regional and national industries. Under the program, they will be supported in their acquisition of a higher skill set and gain access to formal trainings offered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - financed ‘Skills for Employment Investment Programme (SEIP)’. Uttoron’s adaptive approach of promoting community-based trainings focused on formal employment and self-employment opportunities will encourage women and minority (ethnic or religious) community members to participate.

The Project

The three-year programme is funded by Chevron under the Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI) and implemented by Swisscontact.

Key Activities

  • Identify trades and job placement opportunities suitable for targeted beneficiaries.
  • Raise awareness amongst community members about the benefits of and opportunities for skills training.
  • Identify motivated and qualified trainees and support them to enroll in SEIP training programs.
  • Develop capacity of training service providers to deliver relevant industry-oriented trainings.
  • Facilitate delivery of skills trainings, certification and job placements.


Expected Results

  • 1,000 community members will be prepared for and enrolled in SEIP training programs and will be placed in jobs across the country.
  • 300 community members will be trained on different trades to meet basic skills criteria tied to industry demand and will be placed in regional jobs.
  • 100 community members will be trained for wage employment or to establish their own businesses at community-level.

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