Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Record number of skill apprentices pass out in Bangladesh
Record number of skill apprentices pass out in Bangladesh
Dec '13
The European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna handed certificates to a group of the total 8000 apprentices across Bangladesh who recently completed skilled apprenticeships.

Just three years ago, there were only 98 apprentices registered under the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).

Introducing apprenticeships and their up scaling has been a key initiative of the TVET Reform Project, supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and funded by the European Union (EU).

Two programmes taking apprenticeships to this new level in Bangladesh are in the Centre of Excellence for Leather (COEL), graduating 6000 apprentices in the leather sector; and a partnership between UNICEF, BRAC and the ILO, graduating 2000 apprentices in a number of trades, with another 3000 starting in 2014.

EU Ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna said: ‘In developing countries, skills are the key to reducing poverty. Skills mean decent jobs and decent income. Skilled workers increase the quality and competitiveness of products made in Bangladesh and help enterprises and the economy grow as a whole. That is why skills development is on top of the development agendas of both the EU and Bangladesh.’

The Government of Bangladesh, supported by the ILO and financed by the EU, has been working since 2008 to improve the skills development system in Bangladesh, to make skills relevant, nationally recognised and demand-driven.

One of the key initiatives has been improving the apprenticeship system and introducing the concept of dual apprenticeships, where learning happens in both training institutions and in workplaces. Another change is that dual apprenticeships are designed so that apprentices can directly enter jobs upon graduation. Industry sectors across Bangladesh are successfully using and up scaling these models.

Country Director, ILO Country Office for Bangladesh Srinivas Reddy said “I am proud to congratulate a diverse group of people on attaining with high quality skills for employment.

"The improvements that are being made to the skills development system here in Bangladesh are making it possible for everyone in the country to access training, including females apprentices in non-traditional trades, persons with disabilities and people with low levels of education.

"This has been made possible by partnerships between industry and government training institutions, the adoption of gender-responsive, flexible training methods and incorporating basic literacy and numeracy into skills.”

Apprentice Amina Akhter from rural Tangail said “Learning skills means you have a much better chance of a job straight away, which is important especially if you do not live in Dhaka and there are few opportunities. After just three months of training in COEL and in a factory, I went straight into a job with a good salary.”

International Labour Organization

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 1st Mar 2017

CMAI's Apparel Index for Q3 shows lowest growth at 1.4 pts

CMAI’s Apparel Index for the third quarter FY 2016-17 shows that the...

Courtesy: Carter

Apparel/Garments | On 1st Mar 2017

Kidswear retailer Carter’s acquires Skip Hop Holdings

US headquartered kidswear retailer Carter’s said it has acquired Skip ...

Courtesy: Lectra

Information Technology | On 1st Mar 2017

Lectra makes new strategy for fashion in Industry 4.0 era

Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions, has...

Interviews View All

Vidhyaa Shankar. S
A Ganapathi Chettiar

'The usage of knits is getting into the boundaries of woven fabrics'

Smita Murarka

‘There is huge demand in the Indian lingerie market for non-wired styles.’

Krishnanand Tripathi
Textrade International Ltd

We believe in vocational education for entry-level employees, offering...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search