The European Union and International Labour Organisation yesterday launched a project in Dhaka to build upon their previous initiatives to modernise Bangladesh’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system.
The ILO will implement the “Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth” project while the EU provides €19.5 million of the €20 million budget.
Apart from making the TVET system more comprehensive and coherent, it will continue reforms in National Skills Development System and develop a Bangladesh Qualifications Framework.
It will also work with the government to improve governance aspects and directly with TVET institutions to introduce reformed programmes, trained instructors and management as well as services for career guidance and job placement.
Initially there will be seven model TVET institutes in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sylhet, Feni, Kaptai, Bagerhat and Khulna.
The project will collaborate with the ministries of education, labour and employment, expatrites’ welfare and overeas employment, youth and sports and Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs.
It will also work with National Skills Development Council Secretariat, the Directorate of Technical Education, Bangladesh Technical Education Board and the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.