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B-SkillFUL - Building Skills for Unemployed and Underemployed Labour

B-SkillFUL aims to improve the well-being of poor and disadvantaged men and women by increasing their access to labour market and income, while safeguarding their fundamental rights at work.

Almost 2 million workers join the labour force every year in Bangladesh settling mostly in the informal sector given their lack of relevant skills. However, the informal sector workers and employers, where about 80% of the jobs are created, lacks adherence to legal and regulatory frameworks, and is largely unaware of decent work practices. As a result, workers in informal sector enterprises are subject to hazardous working conditions and exploitation. Although lack of awareness on such issues are marginally addressed in recent years after major accidents, particularly in the Ready Made Garment sector, the practice is limited mainly to the formal sectors.

Under such circumstances, the B-SkillFUL project aims to facilitate training and job placement of young men and women in both formal and informal enterprises where elements of decent work agenda are ensured.

The Project

B-SkillFUL aims to train 40,000 poor and disadvantaged men and women in demand driven skills and place at least 70% of them in gainful employment. This will ensure access to the labour market for the unemployed labourers and provide higher employment opportunities for the underemployed ones. The project also aims to improve their working conditions by informing enterprises on benefits of decent work environment. A special focus is given to women (55% of the total target), ethnic and religious minority groups and Differently Abled People. The project facilitates implementation of training programmes through local Training Service Providers (TSPs) in Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Bogura, Tangail, Gazipur and Jashore. The partner TSPs provide training in 19 occupations, broadly classified in sectors such as RMG, construction, electrical and electronics, furniture, automobile, informal etc. The intervention areas of B-SkillFUL is as follows: 

  1. Raise awareness among the beneficiaries about benefits and opportunities for skills training and other social issues
  2. Facilitate delivery of demand-driven skills training for wage and self-employment
  3. Facilitate certification of trained graduates from TSPs and Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) 
  4. Foster linkages of trainees, graduates, TSPs with financial institutions
  5. Support TSPs to link with enterprises to conduct workplace-based training and job placement
  6. Assist in establishing a cell within the IS-ISC for raising awareness among informal sector enterprises on LRDW issues


Project progress in 2017-2020

  • 41,438 people completed skills training
  • 32,952 people have been employed
  • 357 females enrolled in occupations that are traditionally occupied only by men
  • 3,339 enterprises have been sensitized on Labor Rights and Decent Work (LRDW) issues
  • More than 850,000 people reached through awareness raising campaigns
  • 32 Training Service Providers (TSPs) are providing training and continue to do so in demand driven skills
  • 2 Grassroots Organisations (GROs) sensitise the local population to the benefits of training
  • 1 cell has been established within Informal Sector Industry Skills Council (IS-ISC) to promote LRDW issues among informal enterprises and mainstream it in the national curricula
  • 477 graduates have been linked with financial institutions, as a result of which, they have acquired loan for business start-ups

Project partner

  • Informal Sector Industry Skills Council (IS-ISC)
  • Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI)
  • National Association of Small and Cottage Industries of Bangladesh (NASCIB)
  • Dhaka Ahsania Mission
  • 32 local Training Service Providers across 6 target districts

Project countries

  • Bangladesh

Project links

Project duration

2015 - 2020


  • SDC
  • EU

Working area