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23 February, 2019 09:50:52 AM

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No more odd jobs for Bangladeshi expats in US

PeopleNTech works for job replacement, its CEO tells THE INDEPENDENT
Sharif Ahmed, Dhaka
No more odd jobs for Bangladeshi expats in US
Abubokor Hanip

PeopleNTech, a global IT and engineering solutions provider, focuses on software development, outsourcing, consulting and professional skill development.

The company is offering scholarships to 200 Bangladeshi professionals in the country's software testing sector.  

It has already given scholarships worth USD 1 million in the US.

Recently, Abubokor Hanip, founder and CEO of PeopleNTech, shared the business policies and market plans his company in Bangladesh with The Independent.

Here are some excerpts:

The Independent: Tell us something about PeopleNTech.  

Abubokor Hanip: PeopleNTech is a US-based tech firm with a wing in Bangladesh. We empower our clients with innovative solutions that add measurable value to their businesses while adhering to global quality standards.

We provide services like software development, management consulting, technology consulting, staff augmentation, quality assurance and business process outsourcing (BPO).  

We are here to ensure jobs for tech students with industry-oriented training.

Such training complements the university education system and does not work as an alternative.

We work as a strategic partner of customers with our deep industry knowledge and expertise in building capabilities within a short period.

The Independent: What is the objective of opening up a wing in Bangladesh?    

Abubokor Hanip: The idea of directly getting mid-to senior-level job after completing academic courses is still in the nascent stage here. We are  here to bridge that gap.

A company hires a graduate at an entry level position. It puts a lot of endeavour to train that employee. But the employees usually leaves the current job for better opportunities at other companies after receiving the training. This renders the previous company’s investment wasteful.

So, if a student receives professional training for about six months before graduating from the university, it would be beneficial for both the employer and the employee.

After successfully acquiring the skills, a student can successfully take up a mid-level position in an IT firm. As a result, the employee turnover will reduce.

PeopleNTech is here to ensure jobs for students with industry oriented on-the-job training.

‘N’ in PeopleNTech refers to networking. The organisation is not just a training provider; it also facilitates networking between the industry and academics.     

The Independent: How many jobs have you created so far in the US?

Abubokor Hanip: We've created almost 6,000 jobs in the US. Most of the candidates are Bangladeshi immigrants. They have acquired skills in software testing, DBA, PMP, and software development courses. They are successfully doing jobs in the US with an annual salary of USD 80,000–200,000. We provide these course facilities to people  who wants  to settle in the US and after coming to US, he/she doesn’t have to do any odd jobs. The duration of the course is generally six months to one year.

I have more than 18 years of experience in the US IT sector. The thought of forming PeopleNTech came to my mind when I saw a huge number of Bangladeshi immigrants working in the informal sector in the US for only USD 10–15 per hour.

The Independent: Bangladesh is passing through a fantastic phase of demographic dividend. Do you have any plan regarding that?

Abubokor Hanip: Yes, we definitely want to optimise the possibilities of this demographic dividend phase. We've already provided scholarships in the software testing sector to Bangladeshi professionals. Under these scholarships, skill-focused training would be given to 200 professionals free of cost. This is being done with the goal in mind that those trained through this programme would benefit the local and international market. Right now, software in the local market only goes through white box testing by developers. We want to change that scenario by introducing our newly trained software test engineers to the market.  

Among the scholarships, 100 imminent immigrants and 100 local engineers would be selected for a four-month-long course on software testing.

To apply for the scholarships, people can visit our website at www.peoplentech.com.

BK

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