Vocational Skills Building and Employment Opportunities for Marginal Youth

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Northwest Bangladesh is an agricultural area with seasonal weather which only allows most farmers to work just 200 days a year, leaving them unemployed for the remaining 165. Therefore, in this area farmers need to be trained in new professions and helped to start their own businesses.

In February 2014, with the support of the GSRD Foundation, VSO set up a pilot project providing farmers with the vocational education necessary for them to build their capacity for self-employment. Part of this project was the development of a training scheme offered by a partner youth organisation which provides management and organisational skills, giving trainees a long-term resource and on-going support. In the next phase the GSRD Foundation and VSO aim to scale up the activities of this pilot project.

Training programs are offered in mobile phone repair, electrical wiring, car driving, automobile engineering and solar energy technology. Employment opportunities are offered to trainees after completion of the training, and those who demonstrate initiative and management skills receive support to establish their own businesses.

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VSO, established in 1958, is an independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. VSO's work revolves around three development goals: secure livelihoods, education and health, HIV and AIDS. Read more about VSO.

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