Sudokkho is a project designed to improve the skills of Bangladeshi citizens. It will facilitate private-sector led training for more than 110,000 people from disadvantaged areas across Bangladesh. Britain is the lead funder of this new initiative, which seeks to maintain and develop the country’s competitiveness.
The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Ms Alison Blake, said up skilling and training those from marginalized areas will be a key factor in Bangladesh’s continued growth. Skills in core areas need to be trained, in order to keep pace with the likes of India and China.
Sudokkho, previously known as the Skills and Employment Programme in Bangladesh, is a five year program, co-funded by the Department for International Development in the UK and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The total budget is set at £21.63 million or US$32 million.
The Swiss Embassy in Dhaka reported that every year 2.5 million people enter the labor market in Bangladesh, many of who are granted no opportunity to learn new skills.
The main goal of the project is the empowerment of less fortunate Bangladeshi people, despite having a market driven focus.
The government of Bangladesh will support with monitoring and supervision to ensure goals are being achieved, via the Directorate of Technical Education. The program runs in conjunction with big international companies like Primark and Debenhams to ensure market driven quality skills training models are implemented, within the garment and construction industries. The training seeks to improve worker’s career prospects and earning capacity, as well as increasing productivity and efficiencies, so it is a win-win for staff and employers.
Sudokkho works with existing private training providers to develop short courses for workers. It will also administer a grant fund known as the Industry-Led Training Fund (ITF), which shares the financial burden of developing and facilitating workplace training.
The first pilot courses began running in November 2015 and have had very positive outcomes with all the trainees gaining employment in the ready-made garment sector directly after.