Swisscontact Bangladesh’s Uttoron project, funded by Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative, signed an agreement with Khulna Shipyard (KSY) to introduce internationally standardised advanced welding training for the first time in Bangladesh.
Upgrading a government training institute to introduce the much needed skill is one of Uttoron’s three objectives, said a press release.
With its existing available trainings not internationally standardised, Bangladesh is currently lagging behind in the global employment market.
Therefore, this project seeks to mitigate the demand for 3G and 4G level welding training, both at home and abroad. The event took place at a city hotel.
Managing Director of KSY, Commodore M Zakirul Islam, President of Chevron Bangladesh, Eric M Walker, Director (PSC), Petrobangla, Engr. Md. Shaheenur Islam, Director of Corporate Affairs at Chevron Bangladesh, Md Imrul Kabir and Country Director of Swisscontact, Mujibul Hasan were present.
KSY’s Managing Director, Commodore Islam said, “I’d like to thank Chevron and Swisscontact for taking us on as their partner for this very crucial initiative. We have enough people, but not enough skilled people. We are working to develop our human resources.”
President of Chevron Bangladesh, Eric M Walker said, “The blending of skills, technical oversight and organizational capabilities of these two stellar organizations will fulfill the cornerstones of this programme – sustainability beyond its lifespan, accessibility to market-driven, demand-driven vocational skills, and potential for future growth.”
Swisscontact Bangladesh’s Country Director, Mujibul Hasan said, “Today’s agreement is an example of Uttoron’s uniqueness. It will be a first-of-its-kind initiative, where a development project, with support from the private sector and collaboration with the government, will introduce internationally standardized training in Bangladesh”.
Bangladesh currently has an economically active population of 63.4 million people, with a labour force, which is growing at a rate of 1.3 million per year.
About 60.7 million are employed, indicating the presence of unemployment, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.