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  1. Replication Guide: Learning and Earning: Overcoming low education levels through skills development

    26 January 2014

    This booklet captures something that has not been done before in Bangladesh; integrating people from underprivileged groups into nationally recognised mainstream skills development programmes (including women into non traditional trades) and decent jobs. It captures the cooperation of a leading national non-government training organisation, a government training organisation and a group of committed employers and it lays out, step-by-step, how you can do it.


  1. Rabeya Akhter, a female motorcycle mechanic in Dhaka

    24 December 2013

    First time we have had a female, good outcome so far, quick learner, female worker seems to have better attention, better attendance (almost 90%). Continuous work, concentrated, cooler brain, even-tempered. Hope to get females into parts/store maintenance and supervisory roles.

  2. Newsletter, July-December, 2013

    23 December 2013

    A comprehensive insight and achievements of the “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project in the second half of 2013. This edition carries news on enactment of The Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013; Mid-Term Evaluation of the project; Intergovernmental Regional seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work and many more.

  3. Bangladesh National Skills Development Council (NSDC)

    19 December 2013

    The National Skills Development Council (NSDC) is the apex authority on skills in Bangladesh. It is headed by the Prime Minister and is responsible for setting the national skills development agenda. The NSDC provides an important tripartite forum where representatives of government, employers, workers and civil society can work together to provide leadership and clear direction to skills development in Bangladesh.

  4. Improving Productivity

    19 December 2013

    There are many ways to improve productivity. To capture some of the most simple, effective ways to improve productivity no matter where you are or what you do, the ILO continually develops tools for organizations globally. In Bangladesh, three of these tools have been introduced; SCORE (Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises), WISE (Work Improvements in Small Enterprises) and KAB (Know About Business), in addition to the Japanese KAIZEN model.

  5. Bangladesh: Seeking better employment conditions for better socioeconomic outcomes

    18 November 2013

    The report analyses the country’s economic growth driven by its ready-made garment (RMG) sector and contains recommendations to make this growth more sustainable and improve working conditions in Bangladesh.

  6. Bangladesh Skills Development Policy

    03 November 2013

    Provides the vision and direction for skills development over coming years, setting out the major reforms that government will implement in partnership with industry, workers and civil society.


    23 October 2013

    The survey is a snapshot of the supply and demand of skilled workers in selected sectors in Bangladesh in 2012. It was commissioned on behalf of the National Skills Development Council Secretariat, and funded by the Swiss Development Corporation. The survey presents the current statistics, and also looks at skills predictions in the medium and long term.

  8. The ILO in Bangladesh

    21 October 2013

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. Its overarching goal is to achieve decent work for all so everyone can work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

  9. Fact Sheet 2 - National Training and Vocational Qualifications Framework (NTVQF)

    20 October 2013

    The NTVQF is a comprehensive, nationally consistent yet flexible framework for all qualifications in technical and vocational education and training in Bangladesh. Together with the National Skills Quality Assessment System, it will these ensure quality, demand-based skills development in Bangladesh.

  10. Fact Sheet 4 - NTVQF-certified TVET Instructors & Assessors in Bangladesh

    20 October 2013

    The TVET Instructors and Assessors Assessment and Certification Programme aims to raise the competence of the current pool of TVET Instructors and Assessors to the standard needed by the NTVQF.

  11. Fact Sheet 3 - National Competency Standards for TVET in Bangladesh

    20 October 2013

    Competency Standards are nationally-recognized, industry-agreed definitions of competency. They define competency in three parts; the knowledge, skills and attitudes workers need to possess (performance), which conditions it is to be done under (conditions) and how well it is to be done (industry standards).

  12. Case Study: Gazipur Technical School and College: Industry-driven skills training for the RMG sector

    20 October 2013

    One of the first public institutions in Bangladesh to replicate a model for employing underprivileged people in the readymade garments sector, Gazipur is using a collaborative approach to ensuring the success of trainees. Underprivileged students are recruited with the help of CARE, financially supported by Far East Knitting and IDLC, trained off the job by Gazipur TSC and then trained on the job by Far East Knitting. They are then employed by Far East and also a selected group of local employers.

  13. Nupur and Biplab Howlader, a married couple pursuing a welding course together

    20 October 2013

    While child marriage rates are slowly decreasing in Bangladesh, UNICEF research states that 66% of girls are still married before the age of 18. Marriage at an early age can have many implications on a young woman’s life; discontinuation of education, entry into an unskilled job or the sudden pressure of looking after a family. What it does not usually translate to is gender equality. Nupur and Biplab are a couple who married early, but are now learning skills so that they can work together in Bangladesh’s fast growing welding trade.

  14. Amina Akhter, a female working in the non-traditional leather goods trade

    20 October 2013

    The skills development sector in Bangladesh is characterized by gender inequalities and stereotyping in many sectors, leading to gender divisions in many roles. Conservative attitudes constrain women from entering into non-traditional and higher income professions by channelling them into different paths from childhood. Amina, however, has recently successfully completed her off-the-job training at the newly developed Centre of Excellence for Leather in Gazipur and has begun an apprenticeship at the Apex Adelchi factory nearby.

  15. Shuely Akter, being treated the same

    20 October 2013

    As Shuely Akter picks up her crutch and starts walking towards the lunchroom, she catches the eye of Khadija, who is also picking up her crutches and then gives Shanu a smile, a new employee who has already started with her crutch to the lunchroom. It is a moment that Shuely could never have possibly imagined even just a year ago. She is a confident young skilled worker completing her first year of employment as a sewing machine operator in a reputable apparel factory. Shuely does not have the use of one of her legs due to polio, and the two young female apprentices who are picking up their crutches nearby also have disabilities.

  16. Mohammad Younus, from low education to building ships

    20 October 2013

    Prior to the introduction of the National Skills Development Policy, entry into formal skills development programmes required a minimum Grade 8 general education level. This meant that young people who could not afford to continue education had little option but low-paid, low-skilled jobs in the informal job market. Mohammad Younus, previously an unskilled worker, has used the new pre-vocational levels to become a confident young welder at Western Marine Shipyard who is looking forward to one day opening his own business.

  17. Mosharrof Hossain, a disabled entrepreneur and trainer

    20 October 2013

    Mosharrof Hossain had finished his training and was two years into his career as a refrigeration mechanic when he lost both of his hands in an electrical accident. His friends and family convinced him that he would be unable to continue his trade because he was now disabled. His shop, Muniea Refrigeration, is now one of the most popular service shops in the Tongi district and the same people who criticised him in the start now refer customers to him.

  18. NTVQF Management Information System (MIS)

    20 October 2013

    The National Training and Vocational Qualifications Framework Management Information System (NTVQF MIS) is an easy-to-use online platform which will provide the Bangladesh Technical Education Board and everyone involved in skills development with quick access to information about skills in Bangladesh.

  19. Centres of Excellence (COEs)

    20 October 2013

    Centres of Excellence are one stop resource centres established by industry to develop, support and strengthen Bangladesh’s workforce. Centres monitor industry skill development practices and promote best practice workplace models in a particular industry sector.

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