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23 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 April, 2019 01:41:20 AM
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Promoting skilled manpower needed

Speakers at a seminar titled 'Digital Economy, Fourth Industrial Revolution and Big Data: Impact on Bangladesh Economy' organised by Entrepreneurial of Economists Club at Dhaka School of Economics (DSE) auditorium in the capital recently said Bangladesh needs skilled manpower possessing technology-based knowledge in the digital economic era. They noted that the youths will have to gain technical skills to compete with digital economy of the industrial revolution.

A skilled person is an asset for the country.  By utilising the skills a person can improve   his/her conditions greatly and can contribute to the development of the country. On the other hand an unskilled person is a liability and an object of pity. Only skilled persons can free the country from the curse of unemployment.  Skilled persons usually do not face problems in getting jobs in their native country for survival. There are people who, equipped with proper skills, care little for employments rather they generate  employments for themselves and others.  These people have great demand in their native land as well as in the global job markets.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis went to different countries, particularly in the Middle East countries, to change their lot. But all of them are not skilled workers. Those who went abroad without equipping themselves with the requisite skills are doing menial jobs. Since they have hardly any bargaining power, they have to accept whatever jobs are offered to them. They lack job security and are at the mercy of their employers.

   In the recent years, remittance from migrant workers became a driving force of the country’s economy.  But this could have increased further had migrants with requisite skills in increasing numbers been engaged in jobs befitting them. Job insecurity haunts many Bangladeshi workers due to lack of basic education and vocational skills. Many were shown the door. Utterly pauperized, many returned to their homes. Even at home, their lack of relevant skills and a mismatch between supply and demand leads to very poor employability and lower wages for them.  

Taking all these into consideration, the relevant authorities should make country’s technical and vocational training institutions more need-oriented and effective for generating more competent work force. There is no alternative to development of skills for exploring the job markets at home and abroad.

 

 

 

 

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