Uttoron – Skills for better life

Uttoron strives to create easy access to training through effective Public Private Partnerships (PPP), bring innovation to the national skills sector and develop technical skills of disadvantaged youth through vocational training to ensure their well-being.
Sylhet, Bangladesh
Dhaka, bangladesh
khulna, bangladesh
Project duration
2016 - 2022
Financed by
  • Chevron

Bangladesh is aspiring to become an upper-middle-income country by 2031, and this aspiration originates from its robust economic growth over the last decade and the demographic dividend that the country is currently experiencing. However, this stable micro-economic growth can only be sustained if the overall productivity of the workforce can be ensured. Currently, Bangladesh has 63.4 million economically active individuals, and an additional 1.3 million workers join the labour force annually. Hence the government is putting a lot of emphasis on increasing the human capital through technical and vocational training. Understanding the importance of the issue, Uttoron has taken a holistic approach by ensuring technical training for the disadvantaged youth and creating sustainable access to training through Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP). In addition, the project also addressed the demand of the private sector and the market by introducing new trainings like Packaging and Finishing Operation (PFO) and Advanced Welding. 

The project

Uttoron – Skills for better life – is a three year long (2019-2022) skills development project implemented by Swisscontact with funding from Chevron under its Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI). The project is currently being implemented in five districts (Dhaka, Khulna, Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar) in three divisions.

The project aims to support youths by providing training on trades that match the current industry demand. The Uttoron training consists of 300 hours of in-class training followed by job placement support.

The project has a strong working relationship with the government and strives to achieve meaningful impact through effective PPPs.

In 2021 Uttoron signed a partnership with Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) to establish a permanent training centre that will be operated by SCC and create easy access to vocational training for disadvantaged youth. Uttoron formed a second partnership with one of the premier government technical training centres. Under this partnership, Uttoron establishes an advanced welding training lab facility to introduce an internationally standardised advanced welding training in Bangladesh.

Project Goals

Expected Results

  • 2 000 youth (23% women) will be finishing a three-month vocational training by April 2022.
  • One vocational training centre will be operational by the end of the project period which will be operated by the city corporation.
  • An advanced welding lab at a government training centre will be operational by the end of the project which will create access for Bangladeshi workers to the international job market. The training will be imparted by a premier government training institute.
  • A female friendly training entitled Packaging and Finishing Operation (PFO) to meet the demand of the growing packaging industry will be introduced by the end of the project.
  • The project contributes to the achievement of SDGs 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and employment) and 10 (reduce inequality).

Uttoron at a glance

Results at a glance

Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Shahana's dream is to go far
"Being a local female worker with skills training I have the full potentials in reaching my career goal. It never occurred to me that I can't do this, and I know I will achieve it and with mercy of Allah and prayers of my well-wishers I will get there one day."


Labour market insertion, Upskilling and Reskilling
Uttoron Empowers Self-Employed Graduates through "Business Establishment & Development Training in three districts"
Uttoron-Skills for Better Life recently organised multiple " Business Establishment & Development Training" programs. Trainees from both Phase I and Phase II of the Uttoron project were selected for the business development training. Uttoron will also provide these trainees with additional support with equipment to expand their business opportunities.
Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Roundtable on current trends in skills development sector of Bangladesh
Uttoron and The Daily Star collaborate to host a roundtable on the challenges and possibilities in the skills development sector of Bangladesh, featuring prominent personalities sharing their thoughts on the future of skills development.
Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Uttoron advanced welding lab inauguration
In collaboration with Khulna Shipyard, Uttoron initiated the construction of the advanced welding lab to provide necessary skills to young people with advanced-level training facilities for the first time in Bangladesh