Leading Bangladesh NGO partners with Microsoft to launch a skills development project in the country

Abhishek Baxi

Microsoft has partnered with Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) to launch a pilot project in Bangladesh to impart quality training in graphics design, electrical installation, and maintenance.

Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people to transform their lives and currently operates in 11 countries across Asia and Africa. It is a global leader in developing cost-effective, evidence-based programs, and has been ranked the top NGO in the world for the last four years.

A third of Bangladesh’s population is 10-24 years old and 2.2 million young people are entering the workforce every year. BRAC began its Skills Development Programme several years ago to produce manpower with quality employable skills and also helps them find job placements post-training.

BRAC Skills Development Programme will implement the pilot project with support from the India Microsoft Community Training team. Individuals between 16 and 30 years – students, IT instructors, administrators, and managerial staff – will be able to enroll in the training. Post completion of this pilot, more projects will be undertaken after making necessary amendments from the learnings of the pilot.

This training program will enhance the learning experience and on the job productivity through technology-driven, gamified course curriculum, digital course materials, and easy to access assessments.