Developing youth skills for the evolving job market

Developing youth skills for the evolving job market

For ensuring the younger generation does not become the next generation of poor, the SHOUHARDO III program supports poor and extreme poor youth (aged 16 to 25) by developing their employability skills. The key objective of this activity is to connect them with the better and secured employment. Alongside job-specific skills, the youth are also provided with basic life skills training that covers topics such as negotiation skills, financial planning & management, decision making, problem-solving, and business-related communications. The positive results of the life skills training were felt greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the youth participants showed a tremendous level of coping ability by customizing their income-generating focus combining their job-specific and soft skills for timely and demand-based work. 

Vocational, job-specific skills development training is provided using four approaches, and participants are placed on the approach that best suits their needs –  

  • Institutional Training: at the district and sub-district level 
  • Local Training: with local-level resource 
  • Apprenticeship: with a local level entrepreneur 
  • Local Constructing Society or Local WASH service provider 

“As we were good at tailoring, it was not difficult for us to learn making masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. We ensured quality masks at a reasonable price and thus received a demand from different government and non-government offices. We are planning to expand our production soon”

– Rowsan Ara, youth participant from Jamalpur Baniachang

SHOUHARDO has provided training on more than 30 trades including, mobile servicing, electrical house wearing, electronic, welding, led machine shop, plumbing and pipefitting, masonry, carpentry, power loom operation, Handloom, computer operation, beautician, handicraft, goat rearing, tailoring, duck farming, vaccination, industry-based training [ready-made garments], motorcycle mechanics, driving, and hotel management. 

Moving towards its sustainable interventions, the program is also mobilizing youth participants as Local Service Providers (LSPs) in their areas to support the communities in repairing tube wells, arsenic testing, and e-business agents. 

Against an average investment on the youth of BDT 19,287 (USD 228), the net against it is about BDT 25,225 (USD 298)131% return on investment 40% skilled youth have already been engaged with self and wage employment to USD 647

“Many of my coworkers have lost their jobs amidst the pandemic but I still have my job. This is only because I have formal technical training and I am highly skilled at my work”

– Asanuzzaman, Jamalpur