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ADB LN 2425-BAN: Skills Development Project


The overall goal of the SDP was to contribute to the Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and promote economic growth and social development of Bangladesh. The specific objective in terms of outcome of the project was strengthening capacity of TVET system in Bangladesh to provide market responsive, short-term, relevant skills training to more Bangladeshis including the poor, disadvantaged, women, and those who had not completed grad 8 or lower secondary education which is the basic entry requirement for formal TVET programs.  


In order to achieve the objective, the SDP had been addressed four major areas (i.e. components) for the strengthening of the TVET system in Bangladesh. The overall progress for SDP was followed:

  • Component 1: Enhanced Relevance and Access to TVET Programs:A total of 75 competency standards were developed for 25 occupations. Required course accreditation documents were developed to address the BTEB recommendation. In the process, 27 CBT standards and course accreditation documents were approved by BTEB. Another 11 CBT standards and accreditation documents were reviewed by SCDC for BTEB’s approval. 6 teacher’s guides and 75 learner’s guides were developed. 22 external potential CBT assessors and 170 RPL assessors were trained.
  • Component 2: Improved Capacity for Good Quality TVET Delivery:38 master trainer candidates were trained up to Level 5. 37 of them have received overseas training and certified from TESDA, Philippines. Altogether 60 TVET practitioners had received overseas training. 4,059 TVET teachers were trained on CBT system. More than 1,500 TVET teachers had received skills training. 256 multimedia class rooms were established in 64 TSCs. Skills training was delivered to more than 1,000 TSC teachers. 12 polytechnics were supported to be equipped with updated tools, equipment and electricity generation units. 5-year development plans of the Vocational Teacher’s Training Institute (VTTI) and Technical Teachers Training College (TTTC) implemented which covered civil works, repairs and equipment installation. DTE’s research capacity has been strengthened through collaboration with BIDS. Twinning arrangements of BTEB with the key international agencies had been initiated. A series of awareness campaigns were conducted according to the Social Marketing Plan. Construction and associated civil works of academic cum workshop building of TTTC; women’s hostel building of VTTI; associated civil works of RDOs had been completed.
  • Component 3: Increased Delivery of Relevant Skills Training:All together 4,334 youths were trained under the MRTC program. 2,248 unemployed females were trained in collaboration with BGMEA and BMET to be added in RMG sector workforce. 46 trainees were trained to meet the demand of light engineering sector. Delivery of informal sector training was ensured through DYD under a partnership agreement and 3,388 unemployed youths were trained through that initiative. Graphic design training was delivered to 50 unemployed youths. 100 unemployed youths were trained in carpentry. Skills manpower training for publication sector was provided to 20 participants through Bangla Academy. 200 youths had received solar technical training through DYD
  • Component 4: Project Management

Timeframe: February, 2010 - June, 2015

Realated Countries: Bangladesh

Client(s): ADB

Categories: Education and Skills Development, Project Management and Implementation

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