The government has initiated a move to strengthen and modernise the existing training institutes and training centres of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation in a bid to create skilled manpower in the driving profession.
BRTC under the roads and highways department will implement a project titled ‘Strengthening and modernisation of three training institutes and 17 training centres of BRTC to impart training for building skilled drivers,’ at an estimated cost of Tk 15.39 crore to be implemented by June , said a senior planning commission official.
The official told the agency that this project had recently been apprised at the latest meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council.
The project will be implemented at Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna and Barisal divisions.
According to the development project proposal, the existing training institutes and centres under the BRTC were being run to meet the growing demand of driving professionals both at home and abroad.
The training institutes and centres of BRTC, however, were in very dilapidated and fragile condition and lacked the modern equipment and machineries required to impart training.
So, there was a need to make the existing training institutes and centres time befitting. The provision of standard training at these centres was hindered due to the lack of sufficient training cars.
Talking to the national news agency, another official at the BRTC said that the government had already undertaken a plan to create some 1,00,000 skilled drivers under the Skills for Employment Investment Programme.
Out of that number, the BRTC will impart four-month (360 hours) trainings to some 36,000 drivers to improve their driving skills and efficiency.
Besides, the drivers would also be given one-month heavy duty driving training on heavy vehicles. Apart from this, training will also be imparted on language proficiency in English and Arabic so that they could get jobs abroad.
‘Under the circumstances, this project has been drafted and thus approved to improve the infrastructure to these three training institutes and 17 training centres of BRTC alongside installing modern training equipment there,’ added the official.
Earlier on March 20, 2018, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal approved the project as such kind of projectd below the outlay of Tk 50 crore did not require approval from the ECNEC.
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