Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) won the prestigious Arab Gulf Program for the Development (AGFUND) Prize 2015 for its pioneering “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme”. The TVET is devoted to addressing poverty alleviation and unemployment of disadvantaged young people. Its interventions are aimed to substantially improve the prospects and quality of life of youth including women, working children and disabled to succeed in life through wage employment and entrepreneurship.
The TVET is aimed at providing employment opportunities to unemployed youth through the provisions of vocational training combined with basic education as well as micro credit to facilitate entrepreneurship. It has been providing high quality technical and vocational education and training with a strong work-based learning element that facilitates transition to work and reduce unemployment.
Most of the graduates of vocational training institutes are employed in formal as well as in informal sector, or are self-employed as entrepreneurs. In the last two decades it has trained about 61363 beneficiaries, among them 42837 were placed in viable and decent jobs. Promotion of youth enterprises and entrepreneurship has helped widening the scope of economic activities in both urban and rural areas for additional employment opportunities.