The Skills and Employment Programme Bangladesh (SEP-B) 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
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. SEP-B 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.
SEP-B 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
- £32.94 million (CHF 38,869,200) additional net income of trained people that can be attributed to the increased skills.
- 50,844 trained people who earn income in skilled or semi-skilled jobs within six months of completion of Sudokkho-supported training.
- One construction sector industry skills council demonstrated a leading role in the skills development
- 73 private training institutes capacitated for adopting the new training programmes.
- 34 partner private training institutes registered with Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) as competency-based training (CBT) providers, i.e., registered training organisations (RTO) for a minimum of one occupation.
- 55,979 (men-36,871; women-19,108) private training institute graduates got trained in the Sudokkho training system.
- £6.90 million (CHF 8,142,000) investment by industry firms/organisations.
- 36,216 (men-3,482; women-32,734) graduated from Sudokkho supported industry-led training system.
- 17 training packages developed that are based on Competency Standards (CS) are gender and social Inclusion responsive.
- 271 qualified assessors (as per BTEB standard).