Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)

Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)

PKSF, over the years, has gained in-depth understanding and valuable experiences on the multidimensional aspects of poverty and has been well aware of the fact that Bangladesh is well placed to benefit from the demographic dividend till 2050. It at the same time believes that the dividend, combined with effective policies and markets, could lead to faster rates of economic growth and human development. However, a major challenge to this end is improving the skills of people in Bangladesh. In this context, PKSF has been implementing the ‘Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP)’ project since 2015 to ensure training and employment for the poor and the marginalized people of the country so that they can improve their living standard sustainably. PKSF provides demand-driven skill development training under the SEIP project with a view to creating productive self and wage employment.

The Finance Division under the Ministry of Finance, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is working as the Executing Agency of this project. The Division has established a ‘Skill Development Coordination and Monitoring Unit’ (SDCMU) to implement the project, jointly financed by the GoB and the Asian Development Bank.


Goal of the Project

To develop a skilled workforce through skill development training and then place them in productive self and wage employment, thereby improving their long-term livelihoods.

Objectives of the Project

The main objectives of the SEIP project are as follow:

  • Impart skills training linked to a gainful wage or self-employment through PKSF partners and selected training institutes;
  • Increase targeted poor people’s (both male and female) access to market-responsive skill development training programs; and
  • Ensure job placement of trainees after training.

Expected Results

The household income of a trainee increases by 20% after receiving training under this project.


Increased number of skilled workers in priority sectors around the country.


  • Around 26,270 skilled and semi-skilled workers produced under Tranche-1, Tranche-2 and Tranche-3 by February 2022.
  • At least 60% of the total trainees will be employed after training and retained in respective jobs for three months.
  • The ratio of wage and self-employment of the employed trainees will be approximately 60:40 of 60% the total trainees.

3 Major Dimensions/Tasks of the Project

SEIP entails three major tasks: selecting appropriate trainees, selecting renowned and efficient training institutes for providing quality training, and job placement of passed-out trainees, which are equally important as well as very challenging for the project’s successful implementation and goal achievement.

  • Selection of Appropriate Trainees: PKSF selects the trainees through its Partner Organizations (POs) from their organized group members under an inclusive financing and development program. Trainees’ selection is finalized after conducting screening test and viva voice through the POs and the training institutes employed. Potential Trainees aged 15 or above are selected from the POs of PKSF or a training institute’s catchment area. The project bears all expenditures of trainees except only of the accommodation and food costs to ensure effective participation. Initiatives are taken to encourage the participation of people with disabilities, members of ethnic minority groups and female trainees. Moreover, special focus is given on the selection of trainees for the caregiving training program which PKSF launched in 2022 under Tranche 3 of the project.
  • Selection of Qualified Training Institutes: PKSF selects renowned training institutes functioning in Bangladesh to impart market-responsive inclusive quality training among trainees. PKSF ensures delivery of standard curricula for each training/trade course through the selected training institutes. The course structure is comprised of required compulsory and elective components as well as theoretical and practical requirements. The practical and theoretical contents of course curricula are divided into an 80:20 ratio.
  • Job Placement of the PKSF-SEIP Graduates: Respective training institutes ensure job placement of the graduates within 3 months of the completion of a training course. The job placement units of the training institutes ensure the following issues: i) preparing database of the relevant industries, ii) developing linkages with the employers, iii) disseminating training outcomes to the employers, iv) organizing job fairs and dialogues with existing/potential employers, v) identifying job vacancies in industry and preparing trainees for interviews, v) preparing documents demonstrating wage/remuneration before and after training to demonstrate the value addition of training in the case of up-skilling, and vii) assisting in the implementation of Trainees Tracking System.

Training Trades under PKS-SEIP Project

The trades/courses, selected from the 9 high-growth priority sectors of Bangladesh and offered under the project, are as follows:

SL Course Course Duration Qualification Preferred Group Age Limit
1 IT Freelancing (Digital Marketing & Admin Support) 3 Months Minimum HSC or equivalent √ Unskilled /Semi-skilled
√ Low Income Group
√ Female Disadvantaged
√ Persons with Disability
√ Ethnic Minority√ Orphan and abandoned youths
15-45 Years
2 Graphic Design 3 Months
3 Fashion Garments 3 Months At least Class V pass, Class VIII pass preferable.
4 Electrical Installation & Maintenance 3 Months
5 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 3 Months
6 Mobile Phone Servicing 3 Months
7 Consumer Electronics 3 Months
8 Plumbing 3 Months
9 Welding 3 Months
10 Auto Mechanics 3 Months
11 Lathe Machine Operation 3 Months
12 Setting & Assembling of Leather Goods 3 Months
13 Housekeeping 3 Months Minimum SSC or equivalent
14 Food & Beverage Service 3 Months
15 Food & Beverage Production 3 Months

Training Targets and Budget

PKSF aims to produce a total of 38,600 skilled workers in the three Tranches of the Project. The projected training targets and budgets for the project are given below.

Tranche Training Target (Persons) Budget (BDT in crore) Status
Tranche-1 &Addl. Tranche-1 11800 58.65 Completed(From 2015 to 2018)
Tranche-2 12000 62.83 Completed(From 2019 to 2021)
Tranche-3 14800 70.68 Completed(From 2021 to ongoing)
Total 38600 192.16


Enlisted Training Institutes under PKSF-SEIP Project

Considering the overall institutional capacity (like governance and management; personnel; physical structure and learning resources; support services; development, delivery and review of curriculum; assessment and certification process), 32 reputed training institutes have been selected to provide quality training to the selected trainees in different regions of the country.

Training Institutes (listed alphabetically)

Sl. No. Name of Enlisted Training Institute Contact person Venue Name of the Trade/Course
1 ADAMS (Association for Development Activity of Manifold Social-work) Mr. Tofazzel Hossain
Khulna Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
2 AKS Khan Centre for Excellence (ACE) Mr. Premanand Martin Rozario
Dhaka Food & Beverage Production
Food & Beverage Service
3 Bangla German Sampreeti (BGS) Mr. Jagadish Chandra
Tangail Auto Mechanics
Consumer Electronics
Tangail/Rangpur Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Tangail/Cox’s Bazar Fashion Garments
Rangpur Mobile Phone Servicing
Tangail Welding (4G/6G)
4 Bangladesh Technical Training & Development Center (BTTDC) Sylhet Plumbing
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
5 BRAC Institute of Skills Development (BRAC-ISD) Sharif Ahmed Nayem
Cox’s Bazar Food & Beverage Service
6 Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Mr. Md. Jahangir Alam
JASHORE Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
7 Eco Social Development Society (ESDO) Mr. Shahriar Mahmud
Lalmonirhat Auto Mechanics
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Thakurgaon Consumer Electronics
Welding (4G/6G)
8 Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) Mr. A.K.M. Roknuddaula
Gaibandha Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
Mobile Phone Servicing
9 Jagorani Chakra Foundation (JCF) Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman Sapon
JASHORE Auto Mechanics
Graphic Design
Kushtia Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
10 Food Cadet Lipi’s Euphoria Mr. Md. Nazmul Hossain
Dhaka Food & Beverage Production
11 Mirpur Agricultural Workshop & Training School (MAWTS) Engr. AHAB Siddique
Dhaka Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Lathe Machine Operation
Welding (4G/6G)
12 Naria Unnayan Samity (NUSA) Mr. Md. Kabir Hossain
Shariatpur Auto Mechanics
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
Consumer Electronics
Mobile Phone Servicing
13 National Institute of Engineering Technology (NIET) Mr. Mahmud Hasan Prodhan
Narayangonj Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Welding (4G/6G)
Fashion Garments
14 Palli Mongal Karmosuchi (PMK) Mr. Riyad Mahmud
Ashulia, Dhaka Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
Food & Beverage Production



Rural Reconstruction Foundation (RRF)

Mr. Abul Kalam Azad
JASHORE Auto Mechanics
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Food & Beverage Production
IT Freelancing (Digital Marketing & Admin Support)
Mobile Phone Servicing
16 SAIC Institute of Management & Technology Engr. Shamima Akter Marine
Dhaka/Jamalpur Fashion Garments
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Jamalpur Consumer Electronics
Dhaka Plumbing
17 SDS (Shariatpur Development Society) Md. Moslehuddin
Mobile: 01718683220
Shariatpur Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Fashion Garments
IT Freelancing (Digital Marketing & Admin Support)
Mobile Phone Servicing
18 Shapla Gram Unnayan Sangstha Mr. Ranajit Kumar Kundu
Rajshahi Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
19 SOS Children’s Village International in Bangladesh Mr. Munsur Hasan Khandaker
Dhaka Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
20 TMSS Mr. Taraqul Islam
Bogura/Rangpur/ Natore Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Bogura Fashion Garments
Mobile Phone Servicing
Bogura/Natore Plumbing
Rangpur/Natore Lathe Machine Operation
21 Trust Technical Training Institute (TTTI) Major Md. Golam Haider (Retd)
Savar, Dhaka Consumer Electronics
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
22 UCEP Bangladesh Mr. Md. Arif Nur
Barishal/ Rajshahi Auto Mechanics
Barishal/ Gazipur Welding (4G/6G)
23 Udoy Mr. Dey Sudhir Chandra
Habiganj Mobile Phone Servicing
Fashion Garments
Electrical Installation & Maintenance
24 Uttaran Mr. Md. A. Kium Azad
Satkhira Auto Mechanics
Fashion Garments
Welding (4G/6G)
25 UY Systems Mr. Md. Zobayer Al-Hasan
Dhaka/Feni Graphic Design
IT Freelancing (Digital Marketing & Admin Support)
26 WAVE FOUNDATION Mr. Md. Abdus Salam
Chuadanga Electrical Installation & Maintenance
Graphic Design
Chuadanga/Rajshahi Fashion Garments
Mobile Phone Servicing


Project Management Unit (PMU) at PKSF

A Project Management Unit has been formed for proper implementation of the project. Following is the list of PMU officials who are fully dedicated to and responsible for ensuring quality training and job placement under this project.


Sl No Name of Employee Designation Mobile No Email ID
1 Md. Ziauddin Iqbal Sr. General Manager & Chief Coordinator 01844481311
2 Ms. Kazi Farzana Sharmin Deputy Project Coordinator (DPC) 01713330952
3 Mr. Sk. Kamran Hasan Program Officer 01726044562
4 Mr. S.M. Khaled Mahfuz Program Officer 01620663344
5 Ms. Iffat Ara Program Officer 01716282303
6 Mr. Billal Hosen Program Officer 01703858713
7 Mr. Prosen Kumar Mandal Accounts Officer 01912642368
8 Mr. Mohammad Anisur Rahman Assistant Accounts Officer 01716402141
9 Mr. Md. Imran Hossain Assistant Accounts Officer 01768946677
10 Mr. Md. Noor Alom Junior Officer 01912992673


Progress of the Project (up to February 2022)

The PKSF-SEIP project aims to train 38,600 youths from low-income families across the country through selected Partner Training Institutions (PTIs) in Tranche-1, Addl. Tranche-1, Tranche-2 and Tranche-3. Thus, during the period of May 2015 to February 2022, at least 26,270 participants (male:female = 82:18) have enrolled in skill development training based on selected trades. As of February 2022, at least 24,239 trainees have completed their training successfully and 16,469 of them have been placed into employment from May 2015 to February 2022. The following table shows the project summary in a nutshell*:

Indicators Tranche-01 Tranche-02 Tranche-03 Grand Total
Project Period T1(May’15-June’18)
July’18-Dec’21 July’21-Dec’23
Approved Budget in BDT (Crore) 58.65 62.83 49.99 171.47
No. of Trades 13 15 15
No. of Training Institutes 21 32 29
Enrollment Target 11,800 12,000 12,000 35,800
No. of Targeted Batches 472 480 480 1,432
Job Placement Target 60% of Graduates
Enrollment Status Enrollment Target 11,800 12,000 12,000 35,800
No. of Total Enrolled Participants 11,811 12,005 2,454 26,270
% of Enrollement 100% 100% 20% 73%
No. of Enrolled Batches 472 480 98 1,050
No. of Enrolled Male Trainees 9,958 9,739 1,956 21,653
No. of Enrolled Female Trainees 1,853 2,266 498 4,617
% of Enrolled Female Trainees 16% 19% 20%
Certification Status No. of Completed Batches 472 480 32 984
No. of Total Certified Trainees 11,673 11,765 801 24,239
No. of Certified Male Trainees 9,843 9,531 665 19,374
No. of Certified Female Trainees 1,830 2,234 136 4,064
% of Certified Female Trainees 16% 19% 17% 17%
Dropout Status No. of Total Dropped out Trainees 138 240 0 378
% of Dropout 1.2% 2.0% 0% 1.5%
Dropped out Male Trainees 116 208 324
Dropped out Female Trainees 22 32 54
Ongoing Training Status No. of Ongoing Batches 0 66 66
No. of Total Current Trainees 0 1,653 1,653
No. of Current Male Trainees 0 1,316 1,316
No. of Current Female Trainees 0 337 337
% of Current Female Trainees 20% 20%
Job Placement Status No. of Total Employment 9,213 7,507 184 16,904
No. of Self Employment 3,108 2,112 58 5,278
% of Self Employment 3 28% 32% 31%
No. of Wage Employment(Including Overseas Employment) 6,105 5,395 126 11,626
No. of Overseas Employment 234 38 0 272
No. of Male in Employment 7,777 6,298 157 14,232
No. of Female in Employment 1,436 1,209 27 2,672
No. of Graduates Under Process of Employment 4,258 617 4,875
% of Job placement Against Total Certification 79% 6 23% 70%
No. of Graduates (Considering 3Months After Certification) 11,673 10,728 25 22,426
No. of Graduates Employed (Considering 3Months After Certification) 9,213 7,241 15 16,469
% of Job placement (Considering 3Months After Certification) 79% 67% 60% 73%
**2 batches (Per batch 20 trainee) of IT Support Service and Mobile Phone Servicing trades have been enrolled under the training of Disadvantaged group (PWD).
**1 batch (Per batch 25 trainee) of Fashion Garments trade has been enrolled under the training of Orphan & Youth Group (OAY).

Business Plan signed for training the Caregiver, PWDs and OAYs

PKSF signed three agreements with the Skills Development Coordination and Monitoring Unit (SDCMU) to conduct training for 400 Persons with Disability (PWDs), 600 Orphans and Abandoned Youths (OAYs) and 1800 caregivers on 21 December 2021, 13 January 2022 and 17 February 2022 respectively. PKSF will implement these components through some specialized Partner Training Institutes (PTIs) that already have substantially proven track records in training PWDs, OAYs and caregivers. The specialized training of 2,800 trainees under the aforementioned new components will be accomplished between 2022 and 2023 under Treanche-3 of the project.

Project under new Leadership

As part of regular change of responsibility by PKSF, this project has recently been brought under the leadership of Dr. Md Jashim Uddin, Additional Managing Director, PKSF. Meanwhile, Md. Ziauddin Iqbal, Senior General Manager, PKSF has also been appointed as the Chief Coordinator to oversee this project activities.

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Md. Ziauddin Iqbal, Senior General Manager (Program) & Chief Coordinator (CC)
Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP), PKSF