BANGLADESH: Leather sector leads surge in formal apprentices
The number of apprenticeships awarded in Bangladesh this year has jumped to more than 8,000, rising from just 98 three years ago thanks to a project supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by the European Union (EU).
More than three-quarters of these apprenticeships are in the leather sector, with the Centre of Excellence for Leather (COEL) programme graduating 6,000 apprentices. The remaining 2000 are across a number of trades, with another 3000 starting in 2014.
Introducing apprenticeships has been a key initiative of the TVET Reform Project, which has also driven the concept of dual apprenticeships, where learning happens in both training institutions and in workplaces.
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