Apprenticeships for youth employment

Informal apprenticeships are an effective way to ensure youth employment and empowerment, high-level officials from the ILO, BRAC and the Ministry of Primary & Mass Education stated this week. The comments were made after almost 1,000 learners from UNICEF’s Basic Education for Hard to Reach Urban Working Children (BETRUWC) programme successfully completed a six-month BRAC & ILO skill training programme and have just started work in the informal economy.

Press release | Dhaka, Bangladesh | 17 September 2013
DHAKA (ILO News) - Md. Mozibur Rahman, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Primary & Mass Education and Project Director of BEHTRUWC, said “Of the 1000 trained young learners, 992 have successfully completed the course and 982 are now employed in nine different trades. Many of them have become entrepreneurs, setting up their own businesses across the country. This is a very encouraging prospect for Bangladesh, particularly as it is aiming to become a middle income nation.”

Srinivas Reddy, Director, ILO Country Office for Bangladesh, said of the collaboration, "This is an excellent partnership which has provided 1000 young people with access to quality skills and employment. The stakeholders have proven that informal apprenticeships can be reformed and formalized and we will be working with our partners to scale this programme up and roll it out across Bangladesh. The learners have showed that, with support for systematic training, young people can become self-reliant.”

Safiqul Islam, Director of BRAC Education Programme, said:
At BRAC, our identity is in informality. We believe in informal skills. We will be continuing to implement more batches of this project and continue to involve the ILO, BNFE and BMET. This is truly a multi-stakeholder programme and that should be commended, this programme is special not only for the successes of the students but for its model for effective partnership'.
Apprenticeship-based skill training programmes provide a pathway for youth, particularly those from disadvantaged groups, to contribute to Bangladesh’ fast-growing economy. Formal certification of skills provides social recognition and creates job opportunities in the formal and informal sector.

The first 100 graduates of the programme were awarded with certificates this week by the ILO, in association with BRAC, Bangladesh Manpower, Employment & Training (BMET) and Bureau of Non Formal Education (BNFE). These 100 trainees are the first out of 1,000 trainees who received apprenticeship training in the informal sector after graduating from UNICEF’s Basic Education for Hard to Reach Urban Working Children (BETRUWC) programme. 

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Arthur Shears
Chief Technical Advisor
ILO TVET Reform Project
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Mohammad Nuruzzaman
Programme Officer
ILO TVET Reform Project
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