Uttoron introduces PFO trade for the first time in Bangladesh – a new trade for the new generation of workers

Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
28.07.2021
National Skills Development Authority (NSDA), in collaboration with RTISC and Uttoron project, organised the Competency Standards (CS) Level 2 & 3 validation workshop for the Packaging and Finishing Operation (PFO) trade on 28th July 2021. The virtual workshop was the final step before approval of this CS from the prime minister's office. 

National Skills Development Authority (NSDA), in collaboration with RTISC and Uttoron project, organised the Competency Standards (CS) Level 2 & 3 validation workshop which led the way to accreditation of the Packaging and Finishing Operation (PFO) trade for the 1st time in Bangladesh. The virtual workshop organised on 28th July 2021 was the final step before approval of this CS from the prime minister's office. 

The current skills training sector and the traditional job market are shifting rapidly in Bangladesh due to the fourth industrial revolution. A Rapid Market Assessment conducted by Uttoron team found a high demand for a skilled workforce in the packaging sector. To meet the demand, Uttoron introduced the PFO trade for the first time in Bangladesh. The PFO trade mainly focuses on the booming packaging sector. 

The standardised CS will pave the way for national certification by NSDA for trainees receiving training on PFO. This would also open the opportunity for other training institutes to uptake training of this trade.   

The chief guest of the workshop said the following about the whole event and the PFO trade -

"Preparation of Competency Standard of the Packaging and Finishing Operation (PFO) trade is a timely initiative for the whole skills development sector of Bangladesh. This industry demand-oriented trade will be helpful in achieving the National Skills Development Policy and the SDG goals. PFO trade is a shining example of cooperation between government, private sector, and NGOs. I applaud the Uttoron project and Swisscontact for facilitating the process of CS development for the sector"
Dulal Krishna Saha, honourable Executive Chairman (Secretary) of NSDA

The event was attended by the representatives from NSDA, RTISC, BGAPMEA industry experts, academia, curriculum specialists, process experts, as well as the Uttoron team. 

Uttoron project is funded by Chevron Bangladesh partnership initiative and implemented by Swisscontact. The aforementioned trade PFO is introduced in the Uttoron project for its training component.