Raise Skills for Overseas Jobs: Minister
Friday, 25 June 2010

Labour minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has stressed the need for enhancing skills of workers for overseas employment.

"A skilled labourer earns three times higher than an unskilled one does… There is no alternative to enhancing workers skills for transforming manpower into skilled labour force," he said.

The minister was speaking at a seminar on "Technical and vocational education for overseas employment" at Institute of Diploma Engineers in the city on Thursday.

Bangladesh Technical Education Board organised the seminar to mark the 'Technical and Vocational Education Week-2010'.

Mosharraf said the government was creating 50,000 skilled workers every year despite financial and logistics constraints.

The workers receive training from 37 technical training centres (TTC) and Institute of Marine Technology (IMT), he added.

The minister revealed that 30 more TTCs and five IMT were being set up.

He mentioned that the country had exported 4.75 lakh labourers last year amidst global economic slump.

Bangladesh had launched manpower exports by sending 6,078 workers to the Middle East, he said and added that the country's workers make their living in 130 countries.

In 2009, the remittance inflow from the expatriate Bangladeshis hit $10.72 billion, which is 13 percent of GDP and five times the foreign aid received, he said.

The Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Khorshed Alam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.

He said the Bureau has an annual capacity for providing training to nearly 47,000 workers while another 40,000 can receive training at state-run vocational training centres.

But there is an annual demand for 2.5 lakh skilled and semi-skilled Bangladeshi workers abroad.

Khorshed said private institutes are not efficient enough to provide high-end training to meet the demand of the overseas market.

"So, it is important to impart training under government initiative," he said.

Chaired by education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, the seminar was attended, among others, by chief of parliamentary watchdog on education ministry Rashed Khan Menon.

Source: bdnews24.com

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