Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)

Project completed

260’000 unskilled youth and adults will be skill-trained, 70% of whom will be placed in decent jobs through partnerships with industries and private training providers in six economic growth sectors of Bangladesh. By creating the foundations for a sector-wide approach, the Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) will bring the currently fragmented skills development sector under one coordinated management and funding mechanism

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Employment creation
Vocational training
Public finance management
01.08.2014 - 30.06.2020
CHF 9'900'000

With the approval of the National Education Policy and the National Skills Development Policy the Government of Bangladesh embarked on major reforms in education and training which are expected to lead into a SWAp.


Increased income and productivity of the working age population of 15 years and above.

Target groups

260’000 youth and adults (30% women, 50% poor, 40% disadvantaged) will be trained in skills, 70% of whom will employed. Inclusion will be addressed through scholarships for 40,000 disadvantaged people and the recognition of prior learning.

Medium-term outcomes
  1. People, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, are employed due to market-responsive and inclusive skills training from public and private service providers.
  2. The BTEB and the ISCs/associations ensure quality training delivery
  3. Key institutions in the skills development sector are established and operate as per their mandate.
  4. The skills development sector is effectively and efficiently managed by government.



Expected results:  

  1. Volume of training increased
  2. Quality of training improved.
  3. Capacity of training institutions strengthened
  4. Management of the sector enhanced.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International Financial Institution (IFI)
  • Asian Development Bank (other)

Other partners

Ministry of Finance; 22 Ministries involved in skills development; Directorate of Technical Education; Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training; Bangladesh Institute of Technical Assistance Centres; Bangladesh Technical Education Board; Secretariat of the National Skills Development Council, Bangladesh Bank, Industry Associations, public and private training institutions;

Coordination with other projects and actors

National Skills Development Council

SDC-projects SDP, B-SkillFUL, COEL, SEP-B


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   9'900'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   9'659'519
Project phases

Phase 1 01.08.2014 - 30.06.2020   (Completed)