Partnership Ventures: Bangladeshi Delegation WorldSkills UK Study Tour

Partnership Ventures: Bangladeshi Delegation WorldSkills UK Study Tour

This programme was contracted to Global Skills Ledger of which Proskills Global was an administrative partner. Global Skills Ledger hosted a delegation of Government and education experts from Bangladesh on behalf of British Council from 24th to 28th April 2017.

The UK Study Tour was aimed at supporting and enabling Bangladesh’s development and understanding of WorldSkills participation by providing a more in-depth insight into making WorldSkills work. It explored the collaborative opportunities and the real challenges that lie ahead. The Government of Bangladesh’s aim is to participate in the WorldSkills global competition for the first time in Russia 2019.

WorldSkills, akin to the Olympics, but for skills not sport, showcases the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.—

“Skills are the primary platform from which all our lives are built, from which industry runs and excels, and from which society benefits and prospers. Skills are the driving force behind successful careers and companies, thriving industries and successful economies.” Said Jonathan Ledger, CEO of Global Skills Ledger. “WorldSkills competitions provide a framework that allows countries and individual workers to raise their technical skills capability affording them the chance, not just to be good, but to be best in class and perhaps best in the world.”

The UK Study Tour informed and supported the development of Bangladeshi WorldSkills policy and decision making. It also:

  • showcased UK best practice relating to the preparation for and delivery of local, regional and national events and competitions;
  • demonstrated the skills training that is required to achieve the WorldSkills level of competition;
  • created understanding of how to successfully enthuse and engage with employers, training providers and stakeholders to continually build support for WorldSkills;
  • showed how to create partnerships with public and private training providers and education institutions;
  • demonstrated how WorldSkills competitions can support the domestic supply of skills, the demand for skills, and the matching of supply and demand;
  • highlighted international benchmarking and how this relates to the demand for skills in key international labour markets for Bangladeshi workers.

With a focus on sectors such as fashion, fashion technology, information technology and construction, the UK Study Tour included visits to a wide range of further education colleges who provide support and training to prepare students for participation in World Skills locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The delegation also met with national and regional WorldSkills representatives to really get under the skills of running competitions and the logistics of delivering successful events.

The Bangladeshi delegates were from the Government of Bangladesh’s National Skills Development Council – Secretariat (NSDC-S), Kora Tech Training Centre BMET, Department of Youth Development, Department of Women’s Affairs and the Directorate of Technical Education

This programme is funded by and delivered on behalf of British Council as part of its commitment to its strategic partner, the Government of Bangladesh. The British Council are commited to supporting the Government of Bangladesh in its ambitious development of technical and vocational education and training systems, including particpation in World Skills.

Global Skills Ledger are endebted to supporting UK partners who gave up valued time and shared expertise as part of this UK Study Tour:

  • World Skills UK
  • West Midlands Regional WorldSkills Competition Committee
  • South and City Birmingham College
  • North Warwickshire and Hickley College
  • Warwickshire College Group
  • Bangladeshi Community of Birmingham
  • Evolve Global Ltd
  • Proskills Global Limited

Contact us for more information about how Global Skills Ledger can support your skills development needs.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide.

2017-11-08T21:38:56+00:00September 20th, 2017|International|

Proskills Global share results of Textile and Garment sector workforce skills study in Hanoi

Proskills Global Limited has been back in Hanoi, Vietnam to share the results of its Textile and Garment sector workforce skills study


The skills study, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Embassy in Vietnam (FCO), saw representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam (MOLISA), Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (MOIT), British Council, Vietnam Textiles and Apparel Association (VITAS) and Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX), employers, industry training providers and other relevant stakeholders, come together to discuss how they will use the results to develop an industry wide and long-term skills strategy.

This study will support the Textile and Garment sector in grasping present and future industrial and economic opportunities and challenges, through improved business performance, bought about by capable and skilled workforce. It will be used to help the industry shape its own skills strategy and to link it to the country’s national policy and Social-Economic Development Strategy, as well as the Textile and Garment industry’s Development Strategy vision to 2020. Additionally, industry-based training institutions will use the results to further develop their capacity and capability to deliver a broader range of high value vocational training and education to workers in order to meet employer demands.

This is the start of a new partnership between the Vietnamese Government and its agencies, employers, training providers and industry associations and it is very exciting to be at the inception of this process. Once we have managed to move forward with the recommendations, we’ll be supporting the Government and industry, in using this approach and the best practice to inform the creation of a transferrable sectoral skills model for adoption by other industrial sectors across Vietnam.” Commented Debbie Watts, International Skills Research Expert.

Vietnam’s textile and garment sector is made up of approximately 6,000 enterprises, 30% of which are Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies. The industry employs approximately 2.5 million workers, 60% of which are female. It represents 25% of the country’s industrial sector and constitutes its second largest export market (valued at US$22.8bn in 2015).

Vietnam has the highest rate of industrial growth of all the ASEAN countries and so its workers must be equipped for the challenges this will bring and in order to cease the opportunities this will present.Overhauling the current training and education regime to better suit employer demands will act as an enabler to sustainable growth and diversification of the textile and garment sector.” Said Jonathan Ledger, International Skills Director. “It is great to have helped the industry strategy development and we look forward to supporting their future journey. Working with such a vibrant industry makes it all worthwhile.”

2017-09-13T10:09:33+00:00April 4th, 2017|International|

Proskills Global Supports UNDP in Vietnam

Proskills Global Supports UNDP in Vietnam

Ian Aspley and Andy Rotherham recently travelled to Vietnam on behalf of Proskills Global Limited to deliver training on the Production Technology of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Blocks for a United Nations Development Programme.

The programme consisted of a two-day workshop aimed at Managers, Technical and Production Staff in AAC factories. Two workshops were delivered, one in Hanoi at the Vietnam Institute of Building Materials and one in Ho Chi Minh at the HASS AAC plant in Hung Khang.

This training is just the start of a push from the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology to try to increase the use of AAC in Vietnam over traditional Clay (Fired) Brick.

AAC has both environmental and production benefits over “traditional” brick, in that the method of production requires less energy and the speed of construction and ease of handling is vastly improved.

Ian and Andy found that there was a great deal of enthusiasm at the workshops and a real thirst for knowledge, concerning both improvement in quality and technical education of constructors and suppliers.

Proskills Global Limited looks forward to its return to this sector, to help them move forward with an ambitious programme to increase the use of AAC in Vietnam.

2017-09-13T10:07:07+00:00October 12th, 2016|International|
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