Nearly 30% youth in Bangladesh are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). Youth unemployment rate in Bangladesh is also comparatively higher than the national unemployment rate. The project aims to support youths by providing training in three sectors: Readymade Garments (RMG), Agro-processing (AP), and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The project offers opportunities to collaborate with on-going initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), other donor-funded programmes and Dutch-based companies and academia.
In Bangladesh among the employed, about 85% are engaged in informal jobs with low productivity and low income. The burden of unemployment is not homogeneous as women, educated, and rural youth are over-represented within the youth NEET group. Furthermore, as education and training opportunities have started emerging into the digital spaces, youth with lower access to digital services, particularly women and girls, have been affected disproportionately with loss in jobs and education opportunities, creating a ‘digital divide’. Most employers in Bangladesh also lack the awareness of and incentives for implementing decent working conditions for their workers, which further inhibits skilled youth to find decent employment.
Understanding the importance of the issue, BYETS will work with TSPs to improve their capacity to deliver market-driven training and job placement services to job-seeking youth. The project will also enable the TSPs to offer customised entrepreneurship development support to youth seeking self-employment opportunities. In partnership with private sector employers, the project will assist them to either improve existing workplace-based training (WBT) systems or set up new ones within their enterprises to upskill and reskill existing workers, particularly women.