The industry-based training (IBT) approach is a grant-fund that shares with organisations the risks of investing in training in the RMG or construction sectors. The objective of the IBT is to stimulate industry to lead in the development and operation of new skills training systems. Training systems should demonstrate the business benefit from investing in skilled workforce.
Sudokkho’s industry-based training (IBT) component provides technical assistance to setup training systems that are owned and managed by the industry. Sudokkho’s support will buy-down the risk of identifying and operating skills training and employment initiatives that can have a sector-wide impact and are innovative training systems, different compared to traditional training approaches. Sudokkho works together with private sector employers to develop skills training systems that allow existing or new employees to acquire the skills that lead to employment in higher valued semi-skilled or skilled jobs. The focus of Sudokkho’s contribution is on the development of training systems and to capacitate its implementers. Individual IBT projects should have an outreach beyond that of a single employer, and be applicable to a wider scale within the sector.
The IBT projects develop and test the implementation of training systems which methods are designed and tailored to the demand of the industry. There are no financial transactions between Sudokkho, the IBT partners and other industry-based stakeholders. All support from Sudokkho is provided primarily via advisory support and capacity building initiatives.
The type of IBT partners vary according to the different sectors and scope of training systems. Based on Sudokkho’s experiences over the first two years of operation, the IBT partners in the readymade garments sector may be brands, retailers, group of manufacturing companies, buying agents, business associations, chambers of commerce or any meso level business organisations. In the construction sector, the partners may be input suppliers, real estate developers, subcontracting entities, business associations, chambers of commerce, industry skills councils or any meso level business organisations.
Industry-based training projects address three result areas:
- Development Outcomes: Training that directly supports the skills development of the workforce, who are linked to positions with higher skill levels and benefit from additional income
- Business Sustainability: There should be a direct business benefit, meaning alternative sources of funding will be available following Sudokkho’s exit
- Scalability and Replication: Projects should include a clear strategy on how to reach out within the sector, beyond the business of the applicant. This may include opening the training initiative to people who are not employed (or will be employed) by the industry-partner or a process from which other organisations can benefit.
Who can apply for partnership with Sudokkho for IBT?
Organisations with a sector-outreach can apply, such as:
- Business representative groups, like associations or skills councils
- Champions of industry
- Groups of companies
- International buyers/brands (for the RMG sector)
- Input suppliers
- Clusters of employers
- Technology suppliers
Eligibility criteria of applicants
- Willingness to invest in training systems development with a sector-level benefit
- Demonstrated potential for scaling-up and sustaining the training system
- Innovative training models, rather than traditional training approaches
- Training models with a sector-wide outreach
- A solid financial background and cost sharing commitment
Application and selection procedure
- Organisations that have an innovative idea for skills training and that meet the eligibility criteria should contact Sudokkho for an orientation meeting. If the idea is considered suitable, then a formal concept note will be developed jointly.
- Upon internal approval of the concept, a collaboration agreement will be signed between Sudokkho and the applicant, after which a detailed project document with an implementation plan will be prepared
- These documents will be assessed by an external committee comprising technical and development experts and after approval, a long-term co-operation agreement will be signed
Organisations that are interested in partnering with Sudokkho are encouraged to contact the following persons-
For IBT in RMG, Ms Ameena Chowdhury, Sector Lead, RMG- firstname.lastname@example.org
For IBT in Construction, Md Belayet Hossain, Sector Lead, Construction- email@example.com