New 30 TTCs to train 1 lakh workers a year
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka
New 30 technical training centres, which are now under construction by the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry, are likely to create one lakh skilled workers every year to send abroad.
‘Existing 38 TTCs are creating around 30,000 trained workers but after building of 30 new TTCs we will be able to produce nearly one lakh trained workers every year,’ expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said while exchanging views with principals of TTCs at his secretariat office in the city on Wednesday.
The ministry is building 30 new TTCs and five marine training institutes in Munshiganj, Faridpur, Chandpur, Sirajganj and Bagerhat to send skilled workers abroad.
The five new marine training institutes will produce 3,000 skilled diploma marine engineers annually. Now, only 600 marine diploma engineers are coming out from the country’s lone marine training institute in Narayanganj.
The minister said the government was focused in sending more skilled workers abroad, as only three per cent (two lakh) among the current total overseas workforce are skilled and 31 per cent (21 lakh) are semi-skilled against 50 per cent (33 lakh) unskilled workers.
He said there is no alternative of extension of vocational training side by side the general education to bring success in poverty alleviation.
Mosharraf urged the principals of TTCs to encourage women in taking various technical training before go to the foreign lands.
The overseas employment sector is turning into the engine of country’s economy with last year’s remittance standing at Tk 78,000 crore, where the total budget of the government was around taka one lakh crore.
Remittance earning presently contributes to 12 per cent of the GDP, six times higher than overseas development assistance and 11 times than foreign direct investment. Around 76 lakh Bangladeshi workers were employed in more or less 100 countries whereas, the number of total government employees across the country is just over 10 lakh.