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
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