IT/ITES Skill Development in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country of young and competent people whose talent needs to be leveraged for economic development. The challenge is to ensure they gain the skills that will equip them for employment, meet the needs of employers and create economic growth and thereby utilize the demographic dividend. In the next five years, the working population is expected to double, meaning that around 50 million people will need to be trained.

Bangladesh is a country of young and competent people whose talent needs to be leveraged for economic development. The challenge is to ensure they gain the skills that will equip them for employment, meet the needs of employers and create economic growth and thereby utilize the demographic dividend. In the next five years, the working population is expected to double, meaning that around 50 million people will need to be trained.

Information Technology and Information Technology enabled services (IT/ITES) as sectors would need to be a large part of this national mission on training and skill development which would also meet the national aspiration to shift the ‘share of contribution to GDP growth’ to IT/ITES sectors.

The primary objectives of the project are to catalyse the growth of Bangladesh’s IT/ITES industry for employment creation and export diversification. Some of the specific objectives of the projects are to develop skilled manpower for IT and ITES sector.

Under the LICT, to be implemented by BCC, two ambitions projects to train 10,000 IT and Science graduates and 20,000 non-IT and HSC graduates for the ITES sector respectively over three years through a World Bank funded program have been envisaged.

These are among the largest integrated Skill development IT/ITES sector projects of their kind in the world.

The Top-up IT and ITES Foundations skills are important projects not just for their scale and comprehensive skill development scope but with a potential to transform lives of large number of citizens, create an enormous talent pool for Bangladesh in the ICT and ITES sectors and kick start development of the two sectors.

These projects are the first of their kinds and will be benchmarks for large scale skill development execution initiatives in the country.

Supply creates its own demand and the endeavour is that these integrated initiatives will create a talent pool which along with other initiatives in the country will encourage foreign and domestic investments in the IT/ITES sectors in the country.