CAMPE links TVET graduates with
employers through Job Fair
A Job Fair was organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) and its partner organizations on 7th July, 2013 at the Harmony Hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) under the supervision and guidance of National Skill Development Council (NSDC) Secretariat. About 1800 people including 1300 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates, 20 employers and 30 service providers participated in this fair. 500 graduates got job offers right away following brief interview by employers.
The major objective of the Job Fair was to establish linkage among job seekers, potential employers and Training institutions focusing on Non-formal Education (NFE) sub-sector in Bangladesh. A placement seminar titled “Technical and Vocational Education in Bangladesh: Situation and Prospects” was also held at the Carnival Hall of BICC on the same day.
Mr. Dilip Barua, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Industries inaugurated the Job Fair- 2013 and graced the seminar as the Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Motahar Hossain MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) was present as the Special Guest. Mr. Shyamal Kanti Ghosh, Director General, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE), Mr. Md. Alamgir, Director General, Bureau of Non Formal Education (BNFE), Mr. Md. Shahjahan Mian, Director General, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Mr. Golam Md. Zahirul Alam, Project Director, Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP), Mr. Shahjalal Mazumdar, President, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA), Ms. Shahin Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and Mr. Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Team Leader, Bangladesh- Skills and Training Enhancement Project, World Bank Dhaka office were present in the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Mr. Jibon Kumar Chowdhury, Chief Executive Officer, NSDC Secretariat presented the Key paper in the seminar. Mr. Tapon Kumar Das, Program Manager, CAMPE welcomed the participants and briefed the objectives of the Job Fair and Job placement seminar. Ms. Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director, CAMPE and Adviser, Former Caretaker Government moderated the discussion of the seminar. Mr. Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President, Dhaka Ahsania Mission paid vote of thanks to the audience and passed closing remarks.
The Honorable Chief Guest Dilip Barua thanked the organizers for initiating such an event. He termed, it as a milestone in establishing linkage among the service providers, job seekers and the job providers. He mentioned that such events create a scope for understanding the job market and identify required skills. It also connected people with training institutes where one could avail such trainings. It also provided opportunity for the training institutes to re-design their curriculum so as to meet national and global market. He emphasized on the rapid growth of industrial sector for creating job opportunity for TVET graduates. The Minister mentioned that TVET is gradually becoming popular among the young learners. He requested all to put in a joint effort towards making Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021.
The Honorable State Minister Md. Motahar Hossain (MP) emphasized on job oriented education for building skilled forces to develop the country. He mentioned- there is no alternative of technical and vocational education. If we send skilled labor abroad we can earn 3 times more remittance. As we want to build an ICT based digital Bangladesh then we need more skilled population. He appreciated non-government and private sectors for their active role in creating skilled manpower in the country.
About 1800 participants including employers, job seekers, Government officials, journalists, NGO activists and representative from private and civil society organizations were participated in the events. There were 32 stalls in the fair including both employers and service providers. Employers like- PRAN-RFL Group, Dutch Bangla Packaging Ltd., SINO BANGLA Industry Ltd., Hatil Complex Ltd., Alpha Tech Services BD Ltd., Mohammadi Group, Sagor Garments Ltd., D & S Pretty Fashion Ltd., Miror Boutiques, Sigma Digital Electronics, Clay Beauty & Spa, BRAC Solar, Aarong, Jagoroni Tailor and Fabrics and Bangladesh Computer Samity participated in the fair. On the other hand Training and Service providers like- STEP, Bangladesh-Korea TTC, Bangladesh-German TTC, BRAC, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, MOTS-Caritas, Nari Moitree, SUROVI, TCM, BACE, Bangla-German Sampreeti (BGS), Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK), Ashray Foundation, CMES, Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Mohila TTC, UCEP, ARBAN, CSID, CAMPE (CE Centre) and Swiss Contact participated in the fair.