As with many other developing countries, it is a challenge for Bangladesh to develop the skills of young people. A better skilled workforce would enable Bangladesh to take advantage of new economic opportunities and boost the employment options for the country’s growing workforce.
The ILO initiatives in Bangladesh aim to improve the national enabling environment for industry skills development, address the mismatch between the supply and demand for skills training and drive increased employability of young and adult women and men.
The ILO supports the efforts of the government and the social partners to reform the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system, thereby improving access for people to increase their skills and employability, in particular youth, women and people from vulnerable groups.
Technical support is also provided for the implementation of the National Skills Development Policy adopted in 2011, which ILO supported the development of.
ILO’s TVET Reform in Bangladesh Project, which was funded by the European Union, operated from 2007 until December 2015. The project helped address many of the structural weaknesses in the national skills system and a presentation highlights many of its key achievements.