POST TIME: 24 February, 2020 12:46:00 AM
Skill development crucial for development

Skill development crucial for development

As Bangladesh aspires to attain middle income status, the country’s vast youth population needs to be properly skilled and trained. Bangladesh needs to concentrate on school education and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) for uplifting education and skills development as the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) may pose a serious threat to the country’s labour centric industrial sector.

Such a sentiment was also aired a few years back when the government underlined an objective to take the per cent of technical training to 30 per cent by 2030. This desire to create skilled young people is especially important since the country needs young professionals, not only in government posts, but also in manufacturing and industrial areas. In fact, the emphasis on skills based training should be more since young men and women with the latest state of the art education can also compete for white collar jobs overseas. The approach to make our young productive assets is multi-faceted. In one method, young people who want to enter the job market early should be provided skills training required to support the ever expanding locally invested industrial sector.

On the other hand, those who have higher academic degrees plus specialized skills must be given a chance to vie for the top posts in multinationals based in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, there is a firmly established glass ceiling which the government must identify and summarily break. While every year, countless skilled young men and women enter the job market, with many gaining employment at international organisations, there is an unwritten law which prevents Bangladeshis from securing the top spots. This invisible barrier is being carefully concealed under layers of benevolent rhetoric, featuring hollow words like pluralism, empowerment and so on. In reality, skilled Bangladeshis have an uphill task in overcoming deeply entrenched prejudices existing at international work environments. This country is already a developing one and if the developed status is the aim then blocking talented youth will have devastating consequences.  

Even in the technical sector, our young should be given the chance to lead. So far, the only Bangladeshis who have made mark globally through innovation or revolutionary skills are actually expatriates holding dual citizenship. But there are countless such enterprising young here who cannot go to higher platform simply because they are not allowed to. This country will surge forward on the power of the current day young – there is no doubt in that, though the authority needs to ensure that talented young with a drive to do something innovative are not stymied.