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Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth





 Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth

Some two million youth enter the Bangladesh workforce each year, however the capacity to provide skills training is limited. There is therefore a pressing need to help the country provide equitable and quality technical education capable of skilling and up skilling large numbers of youth to meet market demands.

This requires qualified teachers and assessors, up-to-date institutional facilities and a market driven competency-based inclusive skills system which the project seeks to contribute to. These steps are crucial for enhancing labour productivity as well as facilitating industrialization, trade and inclusive economic growth.


From 1/1/2017 to 30/11/2020 

Budget (Euro)

Total costs EUR 20,000,000.00, EU contribution EUR 19,500,000.00


Bangladesh (country wide)

Implementing Organization (s)

International Labour Organization


Outcome (Specific Objectives)

Overall Objective: Contribute to Bangladesh sustained and equitable economic growth.

Specific objective: The project seeks to increase productivity and employment opportunities through an environmentally conscious, inclusive, demand-driven, and interlinked skills development system responding to the needs of the labour market.

Target group(s)

Ministry of Education (MoE); Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE); Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE); Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS); Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA)

Final beneficiaries

Youth: especially girls, indigenous minorities, disadvantaged groups.