Investment for skill building in focus, The Daily Star, November 27, 2011

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Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to the prime minister, speaks at a workshop on vocational training, jointly organised by British Council and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, at The Westin Dhaka yesterday. Farooq Sobhan, extreme right, BEI president, is also seen. Photo: STAR

Star Business Report

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The country’s private sector should contribute for training and skill building in human resources developing in collaboration with the government, said an adviser to the prime minister yesterday.

The government has facilitated the readymade garment sector by waiving various taxes and duties, said Gowher Rizvi.

“If a small fraction of that would have been done for developing the skills of RMG labourers and the labour force we send abroad would result in heavy returns,” he said at a workshop at The Westin Dhaka.

The event titled “Improving social business and entrepreneurship through technical and vocational education training in Bangladesh” was jointly organised by British council and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.

Farooq Sobhan, former ambassador and BEI president, moderated the programme.

The government has allocated a large amount of money in the budget for the first time for vocational training and skill development, said the adviser.

Every year one million new people are joining the job market, he said, adding that it is not possible for the government to provide skill building and employment development training to all the young population.

The government is committed to dissolve the disparity between the educational system and the labour market by developing proper technical and vocational education training systems, said Shafique Alam Mehdi, labour secretary.

The systems, he added, will be easily accessible, affordable and relevant to labour needs.

There are problems with social perceptions in the country which prompt people neglect studies at vocational training centres, said Nazrul Islam Khan, national director of Access to Information Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office.

He said the negative perceptions should be shunned by raising social awareness.

He said the country has more than 7.50 crore mobile phone handsets but there is no training centre for repairing the device.

27 November, 2011