Skills Development Project

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system is crucial for creating linkages between the private sector (industries/businesses) and the labour market. Within the education sector of Bangladesh, majority of TVET teachers lack training methodology, practical skills, and s industrial experience. In addition, TVET institutions have poor infrastructure such as inadequate classrooms, workshops, training equipment, and teaching and learning materials. To address these limitations, Government of Bangladesh initiated the Skills Development Project to revitalise the TVET system across the country.
Project duration
2008 - 2015
Financed by
  • Government of Bangladesh, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Asian Development Bank

The Project

SDP is co-funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Government of Bangladesh (GoB). The project is implemented by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Ministry of Education (MoE) Bangladesh with Swisscontact providing technical assistance as the lead consortium partner.

The main goals of the project are (i) enhanced relevance of and access to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programmes, (ii) improved capacity for good quality TVET delivery and (iii) delivery of relevant skills training. SDP has been restructured from a large investment project to an intervention that combines investments with testing of new approaches in TVET that will serve as hands-on experience for future sector development. The project continue support by focusing on enhancing quality and relevance of TVET by improving its policy, providing institutional and organisational strengthening, ensuring gender balance, and building capacity.

SDP has introduced competency-based training (CBT) and delivered skills training to thousands of TVET teachers. The challenges for the project include its complex design lengthy approval procedures.


Selected results of 2015

  • Trained 14,200 youths in employable skills (28% females)
  • Trained 5,800 Techincal and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers on Compentencybased trainging (38 master trainers trained from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority,Philippines)
  • Trained 305 teachers on IT freelancing
  • Trained 1,515 TVET teachers in respective skills area
  • Trained 851 TVET teachers in digital content development
  • Established four Industrial Skills Councils (ISCs)
  • Developed 75 competency standards for 25 occupations
  • Trained 230 assessors
  • Strengthened 78 public TVET training providers
  • Established 8 Regional Directorate Offices for Directorate of Technical Education (DTE)
  • Guided Bangladesh Technical Education Board to strengthen its capacity and its certification system