Project to develop furniture making skills

Project to develop furniture making skills


An apprenticeship programme has been launched to develop skilled manpower in Bangladesh’s furniture sector.The UN’s labour agency, ILO, says up to 1,400 apprentices will be trained under a technical cooperation project funded by Canada.The programme was inaugurated at Nadia Furniture Ltd at Singair in Manikganj on Thursday.This company will train 100 workers, 23 of them female, under the programme that will initially run for six months targeting two major occupations, carpentry and lacquer polishing.Nadia Furniture’s Managing Director A Karim Majumder thanked the governments of Bangladesh and Canada and the ILO for providing this opportunity.He said his company will “try its best to implement the apprenticeship program successfully and showcase this initiative for other enterprises to replicate”.A Senior Specialist of the project styled ‘B-SEP’, Francis De Silva, said developed countries have proved that apprenticeship programmes were “very useful for developing skilled manpower and improving productivity”.Canadian High Commission’s Senior Development Advisor Riful Jannat applauded Nadia Furniture for implementing the apprenticeship programme.Speaking at the inauguration, she said the Canadian government would continue to support Bangladeshi youths in skills development through the B-SEP project.

Senior Skills Development Specialist of ILO Geneva Michael Axman stressed that improved skills would create opportunities for employment and that apprenticeships were an effective way of promoting improved skills.He added that many countries had developed improved skills through apprenticeships.The government’s National Skills Development Policy 2011 aims to contribute to skills development and employment promotion.The B-SEP (Bangladesh: Skills for Employment and Productivity) project is one of the ILO’s technical cooperation projects supported by Canada.It is targeting 6,000 beneficiaries in five priority industries including the furniture sector.ILO says the initiative recognises the key role the industry has to play in developing skills through apprenticeships for young people.


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