BYETS project organises a stakeholder consultation workshop for the Agro-Processing sector

Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
The BYETS project in collaboration with the Agro Food Industry Skills Council (AFISC) has conducted a stakeholder consultation workshop where representatives from 21 Agro-processing factories shared useful insights and provided a direction for designing training for upskilling and reskilling workers.   

On May 15, 2023, the Building Youth Employability Through Skills (BYETS) project, implemented by Swisscontact and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, conducted a consultation workshop in collaboration with the Agro Food Industry Skills Council (AFISC). The workshop was an endeavour to identify the most demanded skills for the workforce among employers, share and validate the findings of the market assessment for agro-processing.   

The event was attended by representatives from 21 renowned agro-processing factories, The BYETS team presented the key findings from the agro-processing sectoral assessment undertaken by the project’s partner Inspira Advisory & Consulting Ltd, Participants gave their valuable input regarding the study findings. Major industries that participated in the event are Kazi Group of Industries, IFAD, Abdul Monem Group, Poultry Association, PRAN Group, Bombay Sweets, AP, Meghna Group, Olympic, Akij Bashir Group, Institute of Mushroom Research and Development, Bonoful, Ridisha Food and Beverage among others.  

The Chairman of Agro Food Industry Skills Council (AFISC) Mr. Md Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan mentioned that, "We are in a quest to achieve a smart Bangladesh and that’s why we need a skilled workforce” He also added that BYETS can play an instrumental role in achieving that objective.  

Agro-Processing is one of the three sectors the BYETS project will focus on.  BYETS aims to increase the income of young individuals by creating opportunities for decent employment and self-employment in the Agro-processing (AP), Readymade Garments (RMG), and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors across four specific divisions of Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, and Rajshahi.  

Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Building Youth Employability through Skills (BYETS)
The Building Youth Employability through Skills (BYETS) project will empower Bangladeshi youth with improved technical, employability and entrepreneurial skills, and connect them to income generating opportunities: jobs and self-employment. BYETS will partner with Training Service Providers (TSPs), government, industry, and employers to create a conducive environment for the targeted youth that would facilitate employment opportunities for them.