Bangladesh’s government strategic vision for 2021 focuses on growth through investment in infrastructure, skills development and trade. In 2011 the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) was created, the NSDC have since developed a National Skills Development Policy and supported the National Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework.  

The development of the Technical and Vocational Education sector is central to the growth of the economy and over the last five years private industry and international donor agencies have been active in supporting the development of this sector in Bangladesh. 

Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Bangladesh is provided by public and private institutions, most of which are under the supervision of Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) or BMET and affiliated with the Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB). Currently, seven ministries offer formal training through their departments or directorates. 

Less than 1% of Bangladeshi workers (less than half a million workers) acquire skills through formal TVET. Around 500,000 students are currently enrolled in 3,000 formal TVET institutions. 30% of the enrolment is in large public institutions. The remainder of the students study in small private institutions, which make up 92 % of the 3,000 institutions.  

As part of British Council Bangladesh’s ongoing commitment to skills development across the country, one international skills partnership is available for funding. Two travel grants of £2,000 are available for successful applicants to meet, to discuss and plan a prospective partnership. Travel would need to take place between 11 – 20 May 2015. The successful partnership application will be awarded up to a further £13,000. 

This opportunity is best suited for an UK Skills Sector Organisation with a specialism or interest in pharmaceuticals and/or furniture building.

How to Apply

To submit a travel grant application please complete the travel grant application form below. 

Please note, one application form should be submitted for each opportunity. 

All completed applications should be sent to by 17:00 (GMT) on 10 April 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted.