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.