From 13-27 March, the first fellowship batch under the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Project comprising of senior government officials and employers and workers representatives visited Malaysia and Australia. The objective was to provide them first hand knowledge on the configuration and operation of TVET policies and systems abroad and to benefit for the national perspective. The fellowship programme included national TVET policy and legislation and its management systems and coordination, industry advisory arrangements, qualification structures, and quality assurance in TVET.
The participants included representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Education, Directorate of Technical Education, Bureau of Manpower Employment & Training (BMET), Executive Committee of National Skills Development Council (ECNSDC), National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE), and private partners such as Bangladesh Auto Biscuit & Bread manufacturing association, Landmark footwear Ltd.
The fellowship focused on how to improve the structure of Skills in Bangladesh through establishment of a national industrial body named ‘Skills Bangladesh’. Its Board members, in addition to the participating organizations, should also include Bangladesh Employer’ Federation, Chambers of Commerce & Industry and workers organizations, with the aim to develop an action plan for National Skills Development Council. Skills Bangladesh should be the key source of information to government on industry skill priorities and occupations and skills in demand.
The programme recommended that Ministry of Education and Bangladesh Technical Education Board should involve Ministry of Labour and Employment and other key line Ministries in the review and development of new skill standards and curriculum. Ministry of Education should strengthen the quality assurance system managed by Technical Education Board so that the accreditation of courses and registration of training providers lifts the quality of training provided in Bangladesh.
For more information please contact:
Mr Arthur Shears
Chief Technical Advisor
ILO Office in Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2 9112876, 9112907, 8114705