What is it?

To facilitate linkages between education and skills training and ultimately make Bangladesh’s youth more employable, this report uses secondary and primary research to examine whether education and training systems in the country prepare young people for the world of work. The report analyzes primary data from secondary education and vocational training providers, enrolled students, employers, and policy makers.


In 2012, BRAC, UNICEF and the ILO initiated the Skills Training for Advancing Resources (STAR) programme. It includes on-the-job, theoretical, soft skills training, and post-training support. The intervention targets both the trainee (adolescents in the age group 14-18 who drop out of school and are economically vulnerable) and the trainer groups (master craft-persons engaged in the informal economy). A research study that estimated the impact of the STAR program found a significant positive impact on employment, income, and savings of participants.