Skill Development Project – SWISSCONTACT

Through a new programme being funded by DFID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the British Council is supporting new training opportunities for some of Bangladesh’s poorest people.

The new Skills and Employment Programme in Bangladesh will run for five years and has been set up to stimulate private sector investment and participation in skills training. The British Council is working as part of a consortium being led by GRM International UK to deliver the programme, which has a total value of £21 million.

The programme will create opportunities for poor people to improve their skills levels and get higher, better paid jobs in the garments and construction sectors. Throughout the life of the programme, a minimum of 100,000 people will be trained, and there will be a particular focus on creating opportunities for women.

We will be using our expertise to provide technical assistance on a range of areas, including gender, communications and advocacy, and qualification standards. We will be actively working towards developing and implementing competency standards for trade the two target sectors. 

The programme signals a strong, active partnership among key stakeholders in Bangladesh, including the government, industry, labour unions, civil society, training institutions and development partners.



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