Construction Industry Skills Council (CISC) and Sudokkho in cooperation with the NSDC Secretariat organised a ‘Capacity Building Workshop on Skills Development in the Construction Sector’ on 3 November 2016. Distinguished guests from NSDC Secretariat, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB), development partners and associations of the Construction Industry Skills Council (CISC) attended the workshop.
Mr ABM Khorshed Alam, CEO, NSDC Secretariat presented a snapshot on the skills development in Bangladesh and their upcoming initiatives. Moreover, the representatives from DTE and BTEB gave an overview of involvement of DTE and BTEB with ISC. This workshop enhanced the members of CISC for better understanding on the following areas:
- Formal relationship with all key government agencies such as the NSDC, BTEB, DTE
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of the industry skills council
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of CISC’s four standing committees
- Support CISC in setting up and managing a process to develop a skills strategy for the sector
- Way forward and activity target of the CISC
There are almost 4,000,000 skilled and semi-skilled construction workers in Bangladesh; and only a few thousands of them are properly trained and certified. BTEB is willing to provide the rest of the existing construction workers with certification for which they need more assessors to provide a 2-day orientation and certification course without any fees. BTEB will also provide the participants with stipend for travel and daily allowances.
The Government of Bangladesh through its partnership with different skills development projects in Bangladesh is trying to ensure that people from disadvantaged groups be incentivised to access the training schemes through these projects. All the projects should also ensure that at least 70 per cent of its graduate trainees get access to decent employment and focus on promoting more women construction works (at present 9 per cent of the construction workers are women who work as helpers only).