Creating more and better jobs is crucial to Bangladesh’s economic development as 2.1 million youths enter the job market every year. Both the local and global economies are shifting toward industry and services and demand for skilled manpower is on the rise. Therefore, the government of Bangladesh has made workforce development a priority through technical and vocational education training.
Strengthening technical and vocational training
The Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) help youths gain relevant skills to compete on the global job market. To that end, STEP supports public and private training institutions and provides modern equipment, teaching aids and learning materials to improve the quality of technical and vocation training in Bangladesh. To meet market demand, polytechnic institutions have aligned their curricula to improve jobs opportunities for students.
STEP provides stipends to more than 100,000 poor youths in 93 polytechnics. Notably, universal stipend for girls in STEP-supported public and private polytechnic increased female enrolment from 10% to 15% of all students. And, for the first time, 9,000 informal workers received formal skills certification through the Recognition of Prior Learning Program, which aims to increase their chances of finding better employment. STEP also trained 1,200 teachers and filled 95% vacant teaching posts in polytechnic institutions.