The government formally launched a training programme on Saturday to develop skills of 30,000 information technology (IT) professionals for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector within the next three years.
ICT Ministry organized an event to launch the programme titled, Top-UP IT training under The Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project in association with UK based Services Company - Ernst and Young (EY) held at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor AK Azad Chowdhury attended as chief guest while ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the function which was attended by Vice-Chancellors, academics, bureaucrats and IT industry leaders. The World Bank funded LICT Project of Bangladesh Compute Council (BCC) has appointed EY to impart Top-UP IT training to 10,000 IT and Science graduates and ITES foundation skills training to 20,000 general graduates.
Speaking as chief guest Professor Azad said "Some 30,000 young students at graduate level will get the world class IT training from the reputed global firm at a time when the government has put its best endeavour to implement Digital Bangladesh by 2021,"
He urged the vice-chancellors to motivate the youngsters to take part in the training as well as cooperate LICT and EY to make successful the training programme to be held in different universities.
"The government has appointed a reputed international firm to ensure quality training to meet the demands of skilled manpower for the IT industry and to boost the country's ICT export," said ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
"The trained youngsters would help Bangladesh achieve its target of USD 1 billion export earnings from the ICT sector within five years.
The main feature of the training is EY has committed to provide job at home and abroad to 6,000 IT and science graduates from among the 10,000 Top Up IT Training receivers.
The World Bank is providing USD 70 million to LICT project with an aim to catalyze the growth of Bangladesh's IT industry and create employment.