In Bangla, ‘Sudokkho’ means ‘well skilled’ and refers to a person who has received training, developed skills and earned a reputation for being competent and knowledgeable.
Sudokkho is a five-year skills training and employment programme in Bangladesh funded by UK aid and SDC and implemented by Palladium, in consortium with Swisscontact and British Council in cooperation with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Government of Bangladesh.
Sudokkho’s objective is to reduce poverty through better training and job opportunities for the poor. For this, Sudokkho contributes to a stronger and more inclusive private sector training market creating better job opportunities for the poor.
The programme tests and scale-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the readymade garments (RMG) and construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers.
Sudokkho aims to ensure employment of 100,000 poor people, including women and disadvantaged populations, after successful completion of training through its partnerships with privately owned training service providers (PTPs) and industry-based training (IBT) initiatives.
The programme supports private training providers (PTPs) and industry-based training (IBT) initiatives (supply-side stimulation), and raises awareness about the value of skills development among the trainees and industry (demand-side stimulation). Additionally, it also supports industry skills councils, supports the development of skills training packages that meets the occupational standards of the industry; and supports capacity building of national training consultancy service providers (TCSP) to sustain a long-term development process.
Sudokkho targets two sectors with high growth potential and ability to absorb large numbers of poor people in skilled and semi-skilled jobs:
- RMG (Readymade Garments)
- Construction (of houses and buildings) including selected input supply sectors
Sudokkho builds upon the TVET reform agenda in coordination with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) supports initiatives that facilitate greater involvement of the private sector to ensure skills training is relevant and of high quality, thereby increasing post-training employment opportunities, as stipulated in the National Skills Development Policy 2011.
Sudokkho is co-financed by UK aid through its Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Palladium is implementing Sudokkho in partnership with Swisscontact and the British Council. The total implementation budget is £20 million.