Published:  01:08 AM, 02 December 2019

The need for special attention in skilling manpower

Many organizations and institutes do not feel that skilled manpower is an asset for them. It is well recognized that skills can be achieved through proper training on regular basis while many of them wrongly assume that training is nothing but a 'waste of money.'

Organizations' disinclination, due to fostering such a wrong notion, to arrange training programs results to increasing skill gap among the workers, which ultimately  leads to low or substandard output in the organizations. In the current age of intense competition, it is impossible for an organization, either a government one or a private one, to sustain with such low-grade products.

This is the core observation of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) asserted in its study, published not long ago, on labour market and skill gap scenarios in Bangladesh.

Hardly can one disagree to the harsh fact that most organizations in Bangladesh lack efficient human resources, especially at lower tiers, who are directly engaged in producing goods. On the other hand, too, a huge number of educated youths are entering the labour market with little or no expertise on a particular sector. This is mainly because educational institutions lay less emphasis on introducing courses that often accompany practical exercises.

Short-term training imparted in countrywide training institutes also works as an obstruction against which extended period of training courses can be greatly effective. Presumably enough, organizations' financing capability remains another big hurdle to be taken sincere care of. Because, scarcely does anything work without a healthy monetary allotment.

A huge number of manpower is being added freshly to the existing count, and they need proper training to become skilled on a particular sector or units of it. While better utilization of human resources and quick implementation of policies are inevitable in enabling the country to attain the most coveted development goals, Bangladesh is lagging far behind in this perspective.

The BIDS study reflects that the country is likely to face a manpower shortage of over four millions in next five years and over 5.5 millions in next ten years. Urgent steps, on both government and private levels, are required to deal with the looming threat. Because, ultimately no development goals can be achieved until the human resources are trained up properly.

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