Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)

Serious skill gaps are found at higher levels of employment including supervisors, mid and top-ranking managers, trainers as well as entrepreneurs in the RMG sector (e.g. Textiles, Knitwear, Leather and Footwear, etc.). In addition, an estimated 200,000 foreigners are working in Bangladesh remitting annually US$ 5 billion. The bulk of  these foreign workers are supervisors and managers in the RMG sector. In order to address the skill gaps and produce a pool of high quality local managers who would meet the existing and future labor market needs and could gradually fill in the positions of foreigners, the Skills for Employement Investment Programme (SEIP), under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, has been introduced to support the large-scale private sector involvement and to promote public–private partnership. BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University is an implementing partner of the SEIP.

SEIP has been undertaken with the objective of developing skilled workforce for productive and priority sectors, anchored in the National Skills Development Policy (NSDP), 2011 and for supporting government and private institutions, non-government organizations and industry associations for achieving the above objective. SEIP is utilizing the funds provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB.

Objectives of SEIP

                    i.            Impart market responsive  job focused skills training along with up-skilling of the existing workforce to enhance productivity and growth of  industry sectors;

                  ii.            Develop a network of training providers that are endorsed by industries for providing quality training to meet the skill needs of the  employers; and

                iii.            Establish and implement a strategy to address special need  groups specified in the NSDP  2011 and ensure their  participation in the SEIP  programmes.

The government has agreed to provide part of the proceeds to top ranking four public and private universities -selected on the basis of their teaching facilities, faculty members, proven track record and persistent reputation -to establish Executive Development Centers (EDC) for developing world class mid and higher-level managers required by Bangladeshi industries. EDC for the Knitwear sub-sector will be established at the BIGD, BRAC University. With the Aim of implementing the Executive Development program,  BIGD, BRAC University  has conducted a six month long preparatory work from October 2016 to March 2017 and accomplish the following activities:

  • Conducted  Tranining Need Assessment (TNA) to identify the skill gap of local managers by reviewing the qualifications, experiences, special qualities of foreigners who are currently working at the mid and higher level managerial positions. 
  • Based on the gap found from the TNA report BIGD developed a customized and tailored curriculum for the EDP in the name of Post Graduate Diploma in Knitwear Industry Management (PGD-KIM) based on industry requirements and  international best practices with detailed implementation plans for each module/course of the program.
  • Finally Developed a business plan for three years of the EDP programme. The EDC at BIGD, BRAC University is mandated primarily to administer the nine months-long Post Graduate Diploma in Knitwear Industry Management (PGD-KIM) for mid and high level managers in knitwear sub-sector. In addition, the freshers, graduated in the industry relevant disciplines from various public and private universities will be admitted into the PGD-KIM. The following are the key objectives of setting up the EDC:
                    i.            to create a pool of world class managers who could fill in the demands of Knitwear industries for mid and high level executives

                  ii.            to reduce dependence on foreign managers

                iii.            to establish a linkage between industries and universities so that the universities can cater to industry needs in future in a way similar to many developed countries.

Initially, the EDC will offer the diploma for consecutive three years with possible extension up to 2024. It is expected that 450 trainees shall go through this nine month long training program over a three year period.