Uttoron – Skills for better life

Bangladesh has a high rate of unemployment and underemployment in Asia. Rural areas in Bangladesh have the highest number of unemployed youths. The demand for agro-based and conventional jobs decreased and industry and trade-based jobs increased. Uttoron’s adaptive approach for promoting community-based trainings on formal employment and self-employment opportunities highly encourages youth, especially women and minority (ethnic or religious) community members, to participate in training. Skills development is a crucial issue for a developing country like Bangladesh, which aims to become a middle-income country by 2021.

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syhet, Bangladesh
24.8949294
91.8687063
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habiganj, bangladesh
24.4771236
91.4506565
Project duration
2016 - 2022
Financed by
  • Chevron

The project

Uttoron – skills for better life is a skills development project, funded by Chevron under Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI) and implemented by Swisscontact.


The project aims to support the youths by providing training on trades that matches the current industry demand and facilitate job placement suitable for the targeted beneficiaries. Prior to providing skills training, Uttoron project creates awareness amongst the community members about the benefits and opportunities of skills training, selects the right aspired candidate through an intense screening process based on many selection criteria, and organizes a two-day long motivational workshop to build self-confidence and enhance motivation of the participants, and at the same time assess their level of aspiration. Based on the assessment results candidates are selected for skills training on their preferred trade. This process of informing the youths and selecting right candidates is also known as Boot-camp, which is one of the unique interventions of Uttoron project. After completing training course in the designated trade, Uttoron facilitates certification and job placements of trained individuals for gainful employment. Along with preparing the trainees for employment, Uttoron project also develops the capacity of Training Service Providers (TSPs) to deliver quality skills training. Uttoron’s inclusive approach encourages women and minority (ethnic and religious) community members to participate. Moreover, Uttoron project works closely with the government agencies and involves the local government authorities and the community to align the project objectives with the vision of government and the need of the community's people.

In phase-I (2016-2019), Uttoron project supported 1,400 community youths from three north-eastern district of Bangladesh Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulavi Bazar by providing training on industry demanded skills and positioning them for new or improved employment opportunities. To continue this momentum of development, Chevron has extended the project for further three years (phase-II, 2019-2022).

Project Goals

In phase-II, Uttoron project aims to increase the employability of 2,000 community youths of Sylhet and Dhaka region. In addition to that, Uttoron aims to facilitate the establishment of a permanent training centre in Habiganj, and assist with upgrading a government-run national level welding institute to offer training in advance welding skills. When gender or ethnic discrimination are often prevalent, Uttoron encourages the participation of women and people from minority community into skills training.

Project partner

  • Training Partners

Results

  • One awareness campaign conducted during this phase that reached out to 18,548 community people.
  • One boot camp was organized.
  • One motivational workshop took place for 214 registered candidates and the first batch just started their training.
  • The first batch has 124 trainees in Sylhet and Habiganj districts.
Self-dependence through skills development – The “Uttoron” Project
Giaul Islam, Shiuli Akhter, and Al-Imran recount the positive ways in which the “boot camp” helped them to start their professional lives.

News

Bangladesh
07.04.2021
Creating responsible workforce with better understanding of health and safety at work
Organisations can become more effective and productive if they have a safe and healthy work environment. This video of Uttoron project explains occupational health and safety requirements in Bengali with English subtitles.
Bangladesh
08.10.2020
Uttoron team attends a seminar on “Skills and Awareness for Overseas Employment”
Uttoron team attended a seminar entitled "Skills and awareness for overseas employment" organized by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and District Commissioner at Moulvibazar DC office on 7 September 2020. The chief guest of the seminar was Mir Nahid Hasan, honorable Deputy Secretary of Moulavibazar district....
Bangladesh
05.10.2020
Uttoron meeting with Ministry of Youth and Sports
Uttoron team had a meeting with the Ministry of Youth and sports on August 17, 2020 to explore opportunities to work more collaboratively with the government.