Motivating enterprises to recruit and train women workers

Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
31.08.2022
To increase women workers' inclusion in the male-dominated Light Engineering and Furniture-Making sectors, the B-SkillFUL programme is offering workplace-based trainings for new women recruits to develop their skills in suitable occupations.

Encouraging women to take on new occupations, with a ‘do no harm’ approach, is essential for promoting women’s economic empowerment. In Bangladesh only 3.7% workers are women in the light engineering sector and a mere 0.1% are women in the furniture-making sector, despite the staff shortage in certain locations.  

B-SkillFUL partnered with micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to sensitise owners and communities to take on more women workers and promote an enabling work environment. The programme is offering workplace-based trainings for new women recruits to develop their skills in suitable occupations.

"I have learnt the whole process of sanding from scratch through workplace-based training after I was employed by Ayon Furniture and my earning has also doubled. In my previous job, I used to be a helper only as I was not skilled."
 Ismat Ara from Rangpur
Ismat Ara at Ayon Furniture, Rangpur

Like Ismat, many women are now becoming skilled to work in the light engineering and furniture-making sector with the Swiss-funded programme.

Bangladesh
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
Building Skills for Unemployed and Underemployed Labour
B-SkillFUL aims to improve the well-being of poor and disadvantaged men and women by increasing their access to labour market and income, while safeguarding their fundamental rights at work.Almost 2 million workers join the labour force every year in Bangladesh settling mostly in the informal sector given their lack of relevant skills. However, the...