Private Training Providers (PTP)

Sudokkho has partnerships with private training providers/centres/institutions who are registered as “for profit” company, and are already in skills training business providing courses in construction and/or readymade garments occupations. It works with these private training providers (PTP) to support the provision of short skills training courses, giving people the opportunity to enter skilled or semi-skilled work.

Courses are aimed at people who are out of work, aiming to help them earn a decent, reliable income. Hence, privately run training centres, registered by the government and market-oriented, have the capacity to attract large numbers of trainees through the programme.

The programme provides a targeted, results-based financing mechanism that incentivises training providers to seek out participants who can contribute to the training fees as well as people from hard-to-reach groups.

It also offers incentives to training providers to minimise student drop-out and provide counselling and job placement services to support trainees to secure employment.

PTPs will be responsible for the selection and training of students and will be paid in arrears, following students’ enrolment, completion of training and successful employment.

Sudokkho seeks to reach 60,000 trainees over the five-year duration of the programme, with 63% of those trained in RMG-related courses.

The short-term training courses are designed to prepare target groups for the domestic labour market, although it is recognised that trainees in the construction sector may consider international employment options, which is also considered as an impact of the programme.

Under the partnership with Sudokkho, PTPs commit to deliver appropriate, relevant training courses that take into account gender and social inclusion considerations when recruiting trainees.

In short, this partnership will serve the following purposes:

  • Build the capacity of private training providers to deliver quality training. This will accelerate the process of becoming a credible training provider for the industry. Capacity building will be done by providing training curricula and manuals, providing skills assessment guides, upgrading of essential training tools, aides and equipment, training in school management and managing the quality of learning, training of instructors in training skills, training of instructors in technical skills, support in the development of skills certification and quality assurance system, and facilitate development of gender responsive and socially inclusive training.
  • Support the private training providers in becoming a valuable skills-development business partner for the industry. This will stimulate the industry to invest in training and will facilitate linking graduates to employment opportunities. Sudokkho will support each private training provider in its institutional development and organisational strengthening through long-term training and coaching process.

Private training providers that are interested in partnering with Sudokkho or wish to receive further information are encouraged to contact Mr Suresh Mahto, Skills and Employment Director-


Industry-led Training Fund (ITF)

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:

  1. 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
  2. Business Sustainability: There should be a direct business benefit, meaning alternative sources of funding will be available following Sudokkho’s exit
  3. 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-

For IBT in Construction, Md Belayet Hossain, Sector Lead, Construction-



Industry Skills Councils

The Construction Industry Skills Council (CISC) exists to provide specific advice on occupations and skills in demand and to identify key skills priorities in the construction industry.

The CISC consists of 17 representatives including Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Director Admin, and Director Finance and for daily operation it’s run by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), from the employer’s organisations with a temporary office hosted by the BACI.

CISC aims to bring about continuous improvement of the skills development system in the industry by bringing together employers, workers and government representatives. CISC’s key roles (in common with other ISCs) are to:

  • Monitor and review skill development practices in industry sectors
  • Provide leadership and strategic advice to government on skill development needs
  • Support the delivery of industry relevant training and/or professional development programmes for instructors and trainers
  • Improve partnerships between industry and public and private training organisations

Sudokkho and CISC work together in the following areas:

  1. Developing competency profiles for occupations in the construction industry
  2. Developing competency standards based on the National Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework in consultation with the Bangladesh Technical Education Board
  3. Developing competency based training curriculum guides for training courses of around 200 hours, with inputs from experts recommended by CISC and private training providers (PTPs)
  4. Developing training and learning materials with inputs from experts recommended by CISC and PTPs
  5. Strengthening the capacity of ISCs to develop and accredit new short courses that assimilate into existing programmes or modifying existing qualifications
  6. Communication between Sudokkho and industry, and development of communication tools, systems and practices
  7. Promotion of the ITF within the construction industry. The ITF will provide financial support to industry-led initiatives to develop and implement vocational training systems that have an impact at sector level.
  8. Developing and promoting industry adoption of specific tools that can be used sector-wide, such as a skills passport system, or a pool of trainers and skills assessors

Any other area(s) which assist the development and promotion of skills training to the benefit of industry in Bangladesh.