Skills 21 project is a joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO), funded by the European Union. 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.
Skills 21 project addresses following priority areas, in particular:
- Strengthening the quality of the TVET/Skills development system, including development of the Bangladesh National Qualifications Framework (BNQF) to harmonize qualification pathways across technical and formal education;
- Creating model TVET institutes which are inclusive, environmentally conscious, high-quality and labour-market responsive;
- Establishing a framework for a more conducive legislative, regulatory and institutional Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) in the TVET/skills development sector to improve TVET governance;
- The project also aims to support collaboration between companies and relevant training providers to develop and implement demand-driven education and training programmes.