UNDP, Grameenphone and Youth Policy Forum (YPF) jointly organised a virtual consultation on ‘Need for Skills in post-Covid era’ to mark the World Youth Skills Day 2021.
Thirty youths from 18 districts of the country took part in the dialogue held on Wednesday.They voiced their opinions on the existing skills gap between educational institutions and the current job markets and what skills they want for future-readiness. The consultation was a part of the UNDP and Grameenphone "Get Future Ready" programme to observe this year's Skills Day.
At the outset of the consultation, Mahmudul Hassan, programme officer and youth coordinator, UNDP Bangladesh, presented a keynote on the multiple aspects of skills for youth. Quoting ILO, he said in his presentation, "More than 2 million youths enter the workforce each year but face a skill gap in Bangladesh either in quantity or in quality."
Following the presentation, youth from grassroot levels shared their thoughts and underscored the lack of adequate opportunities for skills development.