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Skills and Employment Programme Bangladesh (SEP-B) known as Sudokkho

The Skills and Employment Programme Bangladesh (SEP-B) known as Sudokkho stimulates the private sector to deliver skills training sustainably and at scale by supporting:

  • private training service-providers to train skills that match industry-demand and facilitate job placement
  • private sector firms to deliver innovative training systems and provide employment
  • TVET (Technical and vocational Education and Training) reform agenda of Bangladesh through development of policies and training packages

The Project

Pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies in Bangladesh constantly iden­tify low skill lev­el amongst the labour force as one of the fun­da­men­tal con­straints to Bangladeshi growth. The tar­geted Ready Mar­ket Gar­ment and Con­struc­tion sec­tors are grow­ing and face a short­age of skilled work­ers. They have tremen­dous po­ten­tial to ab­sorb labour and offer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for large num­bers of un­e­d­u­cated men and women.​ Sudokkho aims to stim­u­late pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in train­ing for poor peo­ple. Work­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor, the pro­gramme will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of skills-train­ing mar­ket and in­cen­tivise mar­ket play­ers to in­vest in on-the-job and off-the-job skills train­ing. Sudokkho tar­gets two sec­tors with high growth po­ten­tial and abil­ity to ab­sorb large num­bers of poor peo­ple in skilled and semi-skilled jobs: RMG (Ready Made Gar­ments) and Con­struc­tion (of houses and build­ings) in­clud­ing se­lected input sup­ply chains.

Four core prin­ci­ples are cru­cial in build­ing a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween pri­vate train­ing providers and em­ploy­ers:

  • Fair and open competition between prospective recipients of funds
  • Targeting of those currently excluded from government training institutes
  • Payment for training providers based on employment outcomes
  • A Market Development Approach, with a focus on market-based solutions of TVET systems


Results 2016

  • Signed contract with 25 Private Training Providers (PTP)
  • Signed contract with 7 Industries for training under Industry Based Training (IBT)
  • Enrolled 4,163 plus 4,027 trainees under PTP-led and IBT-led trainings respectively
  • Of these, 3,568 and 3,024 trainees successfully completed training under PTP-led and IBT-led trainings respectively
  • Approximately, 34 (16 RMG; 18 Construction) skills assessors received training
  • 442 trainers received ToT under the project
  • Trained 82 Instructors on Soft Skills
  • Trained 122 Instructors on Basic Instructional Skills


    Project partner

    • Palladium
    • British Council

    Project countries

    • Bangladesh

    Project duration

    2015 - 2020


    • DFID
    • SDC

    Working area