The current unemployment rate in Bangladesh is at 10.9% (5.2 million people), while a high underemployment rate sits at 18.7% (15 million people). Between graduation and starting a career, young adults often lack the required professional qualifications, both in terms of skills development and practical abilities.
The “Uttoron” project offers support to young people seeking employment. In a first step, they are selected in an interview based on key criteria such as age and academic or technical training.
This is followed by a two-day motivational seminar- in which the selected youth are encouraged and motivated to build their self-confidence in preparation for entering the professional world. This is the unique aspect of the Uttoron boot camp: young people are prepped for their careers through the identification and improvement of so-called “soft skills”.
If they can meet the required standards, select participants undergo many months of qualification training for market-oriented careers. Next, the project links up the job seekers with potential employers.
awareness campaigns | initial interview | motivational seminar | qualification training
“I gained self-confidence at the workshop”, says Shiuli Akhter, a 22-year-old from Sadar, Sylhet. Shiuli Akhter, Giaul Islam, and Al-Imran, three Uttoron boot camp participants, share their experiences and talk about their new opportunities.
Read the “Uttoron” Stories
“Uttoron - skills for a better life” is a three-year qualification project with the goal of creating job opportunities in Bangladesh. It is financed by Chevron in the Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI) and implemented by Swisscontact.
73% of boot camp graduates, of whom 12% are women, found employment (see the graph).