NSDA Holds Workshop
Skill dev imperative for job seekers
Skills gap is a major issue for 2.2 million young people entering the job market every year where majority of them remain unemployed or get low-income jobs at home and abroad for failing to meet the needs of the job markets.
Speakers at a workshop on "Formulating National Action Plan for Skill Development" on Sunday made the observations while analyzing the sector-wise need gap and making recommendations how to address these issues. They also laid emphasis on training skilled manpower and reducing skill gaps at all levels to achieve higher growth.
Salman F Rahman, Prime Minister's advisor on Private Industry and Investment opened the workshop as chief guest at a local hotel in the city. National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) organized the daylong workshop.
Skill development experts working at various levels of the government, senior government officials, representatives from private sectors and development partners took part in the workshop.
Md. Nojibur Rahman, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and Md. Selim Reza, Secretary, Ministry of the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment spoke at the workshop as special guests. Md. Faruque Hossain, Executive Chairman (Secretary) of the NSDA chaired the programme.
Speakers said the demand for skilled labour in domestic market would be 72.41 million by 2020 to include 2.91 million in agro-food, 4.42 million in construction and 5.98 million in RMG sector. In that the skill gap is the highest in agro-food sector followed by RMG.
They laid emphasis on formulating a national action plan on skills development highlighting the specific requirement of skilled labour in every sector of the economy to include specially manufacturing, service and agricultural sectors. Moreover the focus should go to create need based skilled workers for oversees market.
Salman F Rahman said, Bangladesh should utilize the demographic dividend by raising skills of its large manpower where the majority of the population is young. He said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken a number of initiatives for boosting the growth and it invariably needs skill development at all levels.
He said the government has set up Human Resource Development Fund and the NSDA is now formulating National Action Plan for Skills Development, he added.
He said the government is giving highest priority to ICT sector after RMG to make them highest job providers and income earners along with other emerging sectors. The government has set up growth centers in 6,000 union parishads connected by optical fiber network. These aim at boosting skills development in rural and urban areas together.
Pointing to growing challenges for skilled workers to achieve the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he said speedy skill development is important to achieve the goals. .
In his introductory speech, Md. Faruque Hossain said the national action plan on skills development is being formulated for the next five years to ensure proper training and development of manpower by training organizations follow it across the country. He said Bangladesh is at the crossroads to higher-growth and achieving Vision 2021, 2041 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 largely depends on creating skilled manpower. The government is working on it, he said.