JYSK Helps Young People in BangladeshYoung
people in Bangladesh participate in traineeships with a JYSK supplier collaborating with
other companies and Save the Children in a project called Work2Learn. The purpose is to help the young
people getting a brighter future.
Work2Learn is a unique project and an attempt to implement the Scandinavian traineeship model in Bangladesh. This model combines a nine-month, theory-based study programme with a practice-based, three-month traineeship at modern textile factories. The project will initially provide underprivileged and working 16 and 17-year-olds in the country's capital, Dhaka, with a real alternative to a life of poverty.
Many impoverished young people in Bangladesh are forced to work to support their families. The idea behind Work2Learn is to provide the young people with a much better chance of finding proper employment based on their relevant training and education.
Work2Learn is a publically funded, Scandinavian project, which is designed as a multistakeholder partnership between businesses, Save the Children and an educational institution. In addition to a financial contribution, JYSK has provided a local, Bangladeshi supplier, which is a key element in the project strategy.
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Billal's family took him out of school after he competed third grade.
He later enrolled at Underprivileged Children's Educational Programs
(UCEP), and today the 17-year-old is a trainee at a large factory as
part of Work2Learn.
"This is a great opportunity for me. If I can get real work here later, I'm
lucky," he says.
Shilpis parents were poor and could not see the
point, why she should attend school. She has
for years earned money by embroidering and
sewing. Now she is part of Work2Learn.
"I very much hope that I can get a good job
in the textile industry later on. If I'm doing
my best, I think I can succeed," she says.