Salahuddin Ahmed

British Council Bangladesh is starting to deliver its first ever externally funded project focusing on aspects of the systemic reform of the skills system in Bangladesh. 

The project sits in line with our ‘Youth Into Employment’ strategy, which uses systems reform to enhance the quality of learning opportunities available to young people.

As well as contributing directly to the reform agenda, it also provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our standing as a partner of choice for the Government of Bangladesh and to showcase UK approaches to skills systems.

A key winning factor in our bid to deliver the project was our high level of in-house specialist expertise. This has led to two years of sustained engagement with key stakeholders at ministerial level in government and also within the donor community. The team was also able to demonstrate our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the government’s reform agenda in Bangladesh and its trajectory, combined with the British Council’s overall access to wider capability and capacity.

The Honourable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bangladesh, signed a $2.82 million full cost recovery contract for British Council to deliver a two year project on Competency Based Training and Quality Assurance (CBT & QA). The British Council will lead the project working in partnership with Dhaka Ahsania Mission, an organisation renowned in Bangladesh for its delivery of vocational training.

The CBT & QA project is the largest technical assistance lot to be awarded by the Ministry of Finance, the executing body of the ADB-funded Skills and Employment Investment Programme (SEIP) loan. Although the British Council has extensive global experience of delivering similar skills contracts, this win is significant given that one of the cornerstones of SEIP is its focus on quality assurance.


February 2017