International Skills Conference 2018
Building Brand for Skills of Bangladesh

The International Skills Conference 2018 will be held during March 8-9, 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Technical and Madrasha Division (TMED) and the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) with support from the Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP), this is the first time such a conference is taking place in Bangladesh as a government initiative.

Background:

Bangladesh is at the forefront of an opportunity to boost its growth using the demographic dividend it is experiencing, which is expected to continue over the next two decades. The expanding manufacturing growth has seen job expansions across different economic sectors including Ready-Made Garments (RMG), ship building, and pharmaceuticals, with a surge in the demand for skilled labors. However, a lack of skilled labor is quickly becoming a major problem in the labor market. Majority of the population is under-educated with 96% of the workers in the domestic market having only secondary education at best and 89% of the workers are in the informal market. Although the number of migrant workers have increased over the last few years, but the majority-more than 52%- of them are in low skilled, low wage jobs. Therefore, in order to bring the workforce into the formal sector and earn a higher remittance from abroad, it has become a necessity to train up the labor force in skills required by the job markets both nationally and internationally. With proper certification and recognition of skilled labor, businesses would not only find the required skilled labor easily in the domestic market, but also brand these skills abroad to occupy an international demand as a result earning higher remittances.

In 2010, the Government initiated the Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) in collaboration with the World Bank. Later, the Government of Canada also extended support to the STEP in 2013. The objective of STEP is to strengthen training institutions, to improve training quality and employability of trainees, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.  The project has been working with training providers for the past eight years in upgrading TVET institutions to provide high quality and relevant skills training for workforce development at home and abroad. To support the recognition and branding of Bangladeshi skills, STEP plans to organize an International Skills Conference from March 8th and 9th, 2018 in Dhaka. The skills conference would bring national and international skills and TVET experts in a two-day knowledge sharing session and explore potential partnerships in taking the national skills branding agenda forward.

Objective of the Conference:

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Brand for Skills of Bangladesh”

The objectives of the Conference are to improve awareness and value of Skills of Bangladeshi workforce in the national and international arena and showcase Bangladesh’s best practices in improving the skills of its labor.

The conference plans to achieve these objectives through the following activities:

Knowledge Sharing:

The conference provides opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience sharing on international best practices in skills promotion, skills training and skills certification.

Highlighting the success of Bangladesh: The conference is to highlight the success that Bangladesh has achieved in TVET.

Foster Partnership: This conference will provide a platform for the national and international TVET institutions, industry representatives, skills experts and policy makers to discuss and share ideas for promoting skills agenda at various levels.

Date & Venue:

March 8 – 9, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhaka.

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