Assessment and overview of CBT and TREE programs for Bangladesh

This final report is meant to provide an outline of the ILO-UNDP Community-Based Training (CBT) program in four divisions in which it was implemented in Bangladesh—detailing components that can be built upon and be most effective in piloting a new Community-Based Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (CB-TREE) program under a tailored methodology to the particular socio-economic and market contexts of Bangladesh. Organizational methods will be identified that can contribute towards new and sustainable income generating activities (IGAs) for targeted beneficiary groups.

The recommendations for the implementation of the CB-TREE methodology will highlight ways, means and locations which can be adapted or incorporated so as to increase underprivileged groups (rural poor women, indigenous groups and person’s with disabilities) access to the TVET system and more viable and relevant (market-driven) training programs in skilled trades. The streamlining of CB-TREE within the overall TVET reform platform will also be a key focus of the Recommendations of this report, and for the successful initiation of a forthcoming CB-TREE pilot in Bangladesh. The aim of the assessment and final report will be to outline an approach for increasing access to training and accreditation under the TVET system for underprivileged and marginalized groups within Bangladeshi society, highlighting the relevant skills and trainings in demand by local industry and employers in the business community—as well as the dynamics of including relevant stakeholder groups in the effective and sustainable implementation of CB-TREE in a national skills development program in the country, and for building a cohesive structure which can be built in collaboration with the broader national policies set by the ILO and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB).