Whether industry operates its in-house training, or outsources, the investment in training should demonstrate its contribution to increased efficiency and productivity of the trainees once they have graduated and are placed in the job. The following diagram illustrates Sudokhho’s training approach.
DIST Technical Training Center, is a privately owned technical training centre, started its journey in 2016 in a two storied building at Sadar upazilla of Dinajpur district. Initially, the centre offered four short courses namely Computer Operation, Plumbing & Pipe Fitting, Sewing Machine Operator and Electrical House Wiring. In 2017 the centre applied to BTEB for registration as RTO, however, the result of BTEB inspection was full of findings and recommendations. DIST was struggling to get trainees or partner with skills development projects. The new chapter begins in 2018 when the centre became partner of Sudokkho project and made agreement for capacity building support and to train 300 trainees on different occupations such as Plumbing & Pipe Fitting and Electrical House Wearing occupations. By participating in the first capacity building workshop on quality standard, organized by Sudokkho, the owner of this centre realized that he was targeting the wrong clients. Instead of looking for projects to subsidized training, the centre started focusing on the needs of trainees and employers. To improve quality of training, DIST followed Sudokkho suggested CBT curricula, reorganized the infrastructure and improved training management system. Within a short time, the centre was able to attract employers including recruiters from Saudi Arab who employed graduates from DIST. The shorter duration effective training courses got such popularity among the youths that they became interested to pay training fees whereas other training programs offer free training along with stipend for the trainees. DIST introduced training fee from the trainees to cover partial cost of training. Meanwhile, the centre re-applied to BTEB and become registered as RTO without any issue in 2019 for four occupations at NTVQ Level -1.
According to Mr. Mahmudur Rashid, owner of the centre, “I could not imagine that the second inspection of BTEB would be so smooth and we would get the RTO approval so easily. Even though I was not present during the inspection day, the inspection team was very impressed about the changes we made and praised the management system of the centre.”
Due to quality and relevance of the training, DIST was selected as a partner training provider of ADB/SEIP project. With an aim to reduce dependency on donors and become self-sufficient, the centre has identified alternative source of income. DIST has started selling products (cement ring and paving tiles) produced by the trainees and has plan to expand product portfolio and marketing in future.