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Chevron backs Sylhet youth workforce dev

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Chevron backs Sylhet youth workforce dev
Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque, Chevron Bangladesh President Eric M Walker and Corporate Affairs Director of Chevron Bangladesh Muhammad Imrul Kabir pose for a photo after signing an agreement at a hotel in the capital recently. Sylhet City Corporation and Swisscontact Bangladesh’s Uttoron project, funded by Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative signed an agreement.

United State-based energy corporation Chevron has funded a project for skilled youth workforce development in Sylhet through vocational training in the line with sustainable development goals of the country.

Swisscontact will corporate SCC to establish a training institute under the ‘Uttoron’ project following the skill development policy, according to agreement signed on Tuesday.

Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Choudhury, Chevron Bangladesh President Eric M Walker, corporate affairs director Muhammad Imrul Kabir and Swisscontact country director Mujibul Hasan were present at the signing ceremony at Westin Dhaka.

The training facility will have an initial capacity to provide training to 1,200 youths annually on four industry-demanded trades of electrical installation and maintenance, welding, plumbing pipe fitting, and housekeeping.

Mayor Ariful Haque said the only way to encounter the future challenges by creating a more skilled workforce, providing appropriate training to youths meet the market's ever-changing demands.

He expressed his gratitude to Chevron and Swisscontact for making possible such an important initiative. 

Chevron’s Eric M Walker said the training facility will provide a platform to kick-start the technical and vocational careers of thousands of aspirational youths for sustainable improvement of their livelihood.

Officials informed that some 60.7 million people are employed while 1.3 million new workforces injected to the economy.

Uttoron: Skills for Better Life is a three-year project that Swisscontact is currently implementing in Sylhet and Dhaka divisions and is set to expand its work to Khulna.