Swisscontact Bangladesh’s Uttoron project, funded by Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative, recently signed an agreement with Khulna Shipyard (KSY) to introduce internationally standardized advanced welding training for the first time in Bangladesh. Upgrading a government training institute to introduce this much-needed skill is one of Uttoron’s three objectives.
The center chosen for upgradation is Technical Training Center (TTC) operated by KSY. With its existing available trainings not internationally standardized, Bangladesh is currently lagging behind in the global employment market. Therefore, this project seeks to mitigate the demand for 3G and 4G level welding training, both at home and abroad.
The event took place at a city hotel and was graced by the presence of Managing Director of KSY,Commodore M. Zakirul Islam (E), ndc, psc, BN; President of Chevron Bangladesh, Eric M. Walker; Director (PSC), Petrobangla, Engr. Md. Shaheenur Islam; Director of Corporate Affairs at Chevron Bangladesh, Md. Imrul Kabir; and Country Director of Swisscontact, Mujibul Hasan.
In expressing his gratitude to Chevron and Swisscontact for embarking on this important initiative, KSY’s Managing Director, Commodore Islam said, “I’d like to thank Chevron and Swisscontact for taking us on as their partner for this very crucial initiative. We have enough people, but not enough skilled people. We are working to develop our human resources. We want a skilled population that can increase production and contribute to our economy. We are proud to be part of a program funded by Chevron and implemented by Swisscontact that can build a skilled workforce, who can, in turn, make a lasting contribution to Bangladesh.”
President of Chevron Bangladesh, Eric M. Walker said, “The blending of skills, technical oversight and organizational capabilities of these two stellar organizations will fulfill the cornerstones of this program – sustainability beyond its lifespan, accessibility to market-driven, demand-driven vocational skills, and potential for future growth.”
Director Petrobangla, Engr. Md. Shaheenur Islam said, “Chevron’s Bangladesh Partnership Initiative (BPI) is playing a vital role in improving the socioeconomic condition of Bangladesh.”
SwisscontactBangladesh’s Country Director, Mujibul Hasan said, “Today’s agreement is an example of Uttoron’s uniqueness. It will be a first-of-its-kind initiative, where a development project, with support from the private sector and collaboration with the government, will introduce internationally standardized training in Bangladesh”.
Bangladesh currently has an economically active population of 63.4 million people, with a labour force, which is growing at a rate of 1.3 million per year. 60.7 million are employed, indicating the presence of unemployment, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.