30,000 Youngsters To Get World-Class IT Training

The government formally launched a training program to develop 30,000 IT professionals for the IT and ITES sectors within the next three years. Jointly organized by Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project and UK based services company Ernst and Young (EY), the function held at Hotel Sonargaon was addressed among others by Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury, Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Imran Ahmad, S M Ashraful Islam of Bangladesh Computer Council, National Leader – Government and Public Sector, EY Gaurav Taneja, Partner, Performance Improvement of EY Mr. Anurag Malik, Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim.

State Minister Informational Communication and Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak presided over the function which was attended by Vice-Chancellors, academics, bureaucrats and IT industry leaders.

The World Bank funded LICT Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) has appointed EY to impart Top-UP IT training to 10,000 IT & Science graduates and ITES foundation skills training to 20,000 HSC graduates. Speaking as chief guest Dr. Azad said some 30,000 youngsters of Bangladesh are getting world class IT training from the reputed global firm at a time when the government has put its best endeavor to implement Digital Bangladesh by 2021. He urged the vice-chancellors to motivate the youngsters to take part in the training as well as cooperate LICT and EY to ensure success of the training programme to be held in different universities.

“The government has appointed a reputed international firm to ensure quality training to meet the demands of skilled manpower for the IT industry and to boost the country’s ICT export,” said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak. He also said the trained youngsters would help Bangladesh achieve its target of $1 billion export earnings from the ICT sector within five years.

“The government has appointed a reputed international firm to ensure quality training to meet the demands of skilled manpower for the IT industry and to boost the country’s ICT export”

EY has committed to provide job at home and abroad to 6,000 (60%) IT and science graduates from among the 10,000 Top Up IT Training receivers. “EY will be partnering with US-based Info Pro Learning, which is amongst the largest IT training companies in the world. We will also be working closely with leading universities in Europe and the US to provide quality training and employability-linked skill development,” stated Mr. Anurag Malik, Partner, Performance Improvement of EY. He further said that the scope of the program will include assessing skill gaps, developing skill standards, designing appropriate training curriculum & content, delivering trainings, creating certification mechanism, monitoring using online tool for trainees, training companies and employers and building local capacity.

The World Bank is providing US $70 million to LICT project with an aim to catalyze the growth of Bangladesh’s IT/ITES industry and create employment. The initiative targets to develop skilled manpower for IT and ITES sectors and assist in export diversification. The project was launched in February 2013 for implementation within five years. The World Bank, in its Cost Benefits Analysis of the training component in the project concluded that direct employment of 30,000 graduates would lead to indirect employment of about 120,000 people, based on a conservative ratio of 1:4 direct and indirect jobs, by the end of the project through industry development. The analysis assumed a highly conservative estimate for the employment income at the rate of salary estimates of US $3,000 and US $1,500 per year for each direct and indirect employee respectively.

National Leader – Government and Public Sector, EY Gaurav Taneja said: “EY is proud to be associated with this project. It gives us a chance to work with the Bangladesh government to develop IT/ITES skills among the graduates, and live our brand promise of Building a Better Working World.”

S M Ashraf said a quality assessment, robust certifications mechanisms and a programme focused on priority skills is being developed by Ernst & Young (EY) to meet the immediate needs of IT and ITES sectors.