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KOICA opens regional skill development center in Rajshahi

  • Staff Reporter
  • 15th November, 2019 04:12:59 PM
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KOICA opens regional skill development center in Rajshahi

 Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) organized an inauguration ceremony of regional Technical Training Centre (TTC) in Rajshahi on Friday.

 Imran Ahmed, Minister of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE), inaugurated the TTC, while Joe Hyungue, Country Director of KOICA, Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister of Ministry of foreign Affairs, Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee, Md A H M Khairuzzaman Liton, Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation, Fazle Hossain Badsha, lawmaker of Rajshahi-2, were present as special guests at the ceremony.

 Speaking on the occasion, Minister Imran Ahmed expressed his gratitude to Korean government for opening this new horizon in developing skilled human resources in Bangladesh, which will be able to produce highly skilled manpower to meet the increasing demand of both local and overseas job markets.

He further mentioned that KOICA’s cooperation will further strengthen the strategic relationship between Bangladesh and Korea. Md Shahriar Alam said that KOICA is a trusted and long-standing development partner of Bangladesh.

He also hoped that KOICA will continue its support to modernize other existing technical and training centers in Bangladesh.

Among other notable guests, Md. Salim Reza, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Md. Shamsul Alam, Director General of BMET and Md. Hamidul Hoque, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi were also in attendance.

The upgraded Technical Training Center (TTC) was established with KOICA’s grant aid with 8.5 million US dollar as its continued support in Bangladesh to build capacity of youths in Rajshahi and developing industry demand-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), aimed to improve capacity of its trainers and employability of its trainees.

Under this project, KOICA established a new academic building and a dormitory, remodeled the existing workshops and provided necessary modern training equipment.

Other purposes of the funding were to provide technical guidance for six trades according to the National Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework (NTVQF) system, develop curriculum and organize in-country Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT-A) training for 360 TTC instructors.

In addition to technical training to the students, this TTC will be a central academy for teachers training. The programme ended with KOICA’s Country Director ensuring Korea’s continued cooperation with Bangladesh to enhance employability of young generation towards developing skilled human resources to meet both local and overseas demand reaffirming stronger ties between the two countries.