Online skill development portal launched

DHAKA, Sept 22, 2018 : Access to information (a2i) programme with the support of ICT Division, UNDP and USAID today launched ‘Skills Portal’ (skills.gov.bd) in the first session of the National Apprenticeship Conference 2018 organized at the White Orchid Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar inaugurated the portal at the function, an a2i press release said.

Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and
Establishments Md. Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Director General of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training Md. Salim Reza, Director General of Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Center (BITAC) Dr. Md. Mafizur Rahman, Director (Program) of Department of Social Services Abu Mohammad Yusuf (Additional Secretary), Director (PIU) of Directorate of Technical Education Md. Wahidul Islam and Chairman of Bangladesh Technical Education Board Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman were present at the ceremony, among others.

Skills development activities of a2i are significant in achieving
sustainable development Goals (SDGs). Skills Portal (skills.gov.bd) is an online platform for regular coordination and mentoring of various a2i skill developments programs; assessing the demand of skilled manpower in the industry; and connecting skill development organizations with various industries.

There are three stakeholders of the portal: industrial establishments, skill development organizations and unemployed men and women.

Through this portal the industrial organizations notify their skills
requirement, the skill development organizations register for their training, and unemployed men and women get all the information about their skill development, a2i sources said.

There are information about apprentice recruitment process, standard technical trades, and various opportunities for the apprentices listed in the skills portal.

Besides, the portal includes the names of the apprentice recruiting
industries, number of position, eligibility and skill development log book, requirement of different technical and vocational training, training related information, application of training and the methods of employment after training.

Already 32,000 unemployed men and women have been trained through this portal.

In the second session of the conference, round table meeting was held on ‘the role of development partner organizations for expansion of apprenticeship program’ chaired by a2i Project Director Md. Mustafizur Rahman.

Among others, Country Director of ActionAid Bangladesh, Farah Kabir; UNDP Democratic Governance Portfolio Manager (oic), Mahmuda Afroz; Program Director of Oxfam, M Badi Akhter; Senior Development Advisor of Global Affairs Canada Riful Jannat; Skills and Employment Director of Sudokkho, Suresh Mahto; and Program Officer of B-SEP Project, International Labor Organization (ILO) Tanjel Ahsan discussed as panelists.