Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET):
Technical and Vocational Education Programme (TVET)/Skills Development Programme is one of the major programmes of Muslim Aid Bangladesh Field Office (MABFO). Several units of Muslim Aid Institute of Technology (MAIT) have been established to implement TVET and skills promotion activities. Started in 2001, the main objective of this programme is to up-scale skills of the underprivileged youths, the principal targeted beneficiaries, and to expand their employment opportunities.
MAITs are located in Dhaka, Jessore, Chittagong and Rangpur that offer quality skills training on market driven trade courses such as dress making and tailoring, computer office application, graphics design and multimedia, outsourcing, computer hardware and networking, mobile phone servicing, electrical wiring, electronics engineering (TV, IPS, UPS, stabilizer and solar etc.), refrigerator and air conditioning, driving and auto mechanics, food and beverage services, and housekeeping. In offering courses, MAITs follow government’s National Technical and Vocational Quality Framework (NTVQF). Affiliated with Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB), MAITs also have been running diploma courses. TVET programmes aim at contributing to implementing the UN declared Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), government’s Seventh Five-year Plan and the Vision 2021.
Employment Opportunities: MAIT strategy and initiatives:
Graduates often face difficulties to find out job opportunity due to lack of appropriate skills. The current skill supply system struggles to meet market demand because of inadequate throughput and a mismatch between skill supply and demand. It is said that the current production of skilled workers lack strategic focus on industry demand and is often segmented and poorly coordinated. Addressing the current challenges requires building networks with different sectors of industries, policy makers, business chambers and think-tanks to find out a common ground and strategic way out. Muslim Aid’s MAIT led TVET programmes maintain close collaboration with industries, business communities and government policy makers to identify the demand for appropriate skills to manage employment opportunities. MAIT’s skills development trainings are designed in accordance with job market’s updated requirements. MAITs are playing vital role in producing skilled workforce able to deliver according to market demands. In addition, MAITs manage a well-coordinated job placement cell that builds linkages across the network of employers. MAITs regularly hold job-fairs to create interfacing opportunities with skilled job seekers and employers. Because of demand based training curricula MAIT graduates find it easy to manage employment opportunities after graduation. MAIT’s collaboration also helps industries to identify potential graduates easily and reliably. MAITs have achieved notable success in job placement. In this reporting year the number of graduates were 2309 (Female 945, Male 1364,), and among them 1218 became employed registering 52% success rate. MAIT graduates find job mainly in RMGs, electric engineering industries, IT sector, automotive and driving and civil construction. Other than engagement in formal jobs graduates are supported with self-employment facilities.
Special initiatives for creating employment opportunities- Creativity in production displayed in 37th National Science Fair in 2016:
Jessore District administration organized National Science Fair during 24-25 January 2016 where MAIT Jessore participated with a project on Digital Solar system and was awarded with 2nd prize among 38 development projects in Senior Group. Prof. Abdus Sattar, Vice Chancellor, Jessore Science & Technology University and Dr. Md. Humayan Kabir, Deputy Commissioner, Jessore handed over the achievement crest.
MAIT-Dhaka organized a Job Fair on 20 February 2016. Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) and country’s eminent economist was the Chief Guest in the opening ceremony. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, OBE and Mr. Muhammad Zamir of Muslim Aid Board of Trustees, London, Mr. ABM Khorshed Alam, CEO (Additional Secretary), National Skills Development Council (NSDC), Mr. Md. Emran, Project Director (Additional Secretary) of Skills Training Enhancement Project (STEP) were present among others as guests. The fair helped the graduates getting access to the bigger job market.
Job Placement Seminar:
A ‘Job Placement Seminar’ was organized by Teachers Training Center (TTC) on 20th August 2016 at Jessore TTC where Mr. Md. Imran Project Director, STEP & Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education and Md. Shahidul Islam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment were present as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. Md. Arif Nur, Principal of MAIT-Jessore represented Muslim Aid there to find as well as create new windows for creating and placement of skilled manpower.
Leading entrepreneurs of the country Mr. Niaz Rahim, the Group Director of Rahimafrooz Ltd. and Mr. Mohammad Mujibur Rahman, Executive Director of Santa Properties Ltd. Participated in ‘Self Employment Support Ceremony’ on 25th April 2016, organized by MAIT-Dhaka. They shared their personal experiences to become the country’s leading entrepreneurs and urged the youth to keep trust in their skills and abilities while exploring opportunities for self-employment. Mr. Niaz Rahim also being the Chairman of the Centre for Zakat Management (CZM), one of the country’s major philanthropic and development organizations expressed interest to work jointly with Muslim Aid to create further opportunities for youth employment. Dr. Mohammad Ayub Miah, as the CEO of CZM also shared his valuable experiences to encourage all.
Consultation Meeting with 30 Educational Institutions:
MAIT-Jessore organized a consultation meeting at Jessore Zilla Parishad Auditorium on 12 January 2016. Mr. Md. Nasir Uddin, Jessore District Education Officer, Mr. Abdul Mazid, Regional Director, Bangladesh Open University and 30 Head teachers of 30 educational institutions of the district attended the consultation. They focused on quality education for quality employment.