The EU-funded ILO Skills 21 Project under the Migration Component has awarded the consortium of OKUP, HELVETAS and UCEP to support the skilling of Returnee Migrants through Skills and Enterprise Development Programmes.

The Nobo Jatra – Skills for Reintegration Project has been awarded to the consortium of Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP), HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Helvetas) and Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh by ILO under its Skills 21 initiate to “Support the Skilling of R-eturnee Migrants through Skills and Enterprise Development Programmes”. OKUP formally acts as the lead organization of the consortium and is responsible for contractual matters with the ILO; identification, selection and mobilisation of Returnee Migrant Workers (RMW) and households members for economic reintegration; promote referrals/linkages between RMW and education/skills institutes, government service providers, financial service providers and the industry. Helvetas, as a consortium partner, provides and ensures overall technical support on entrepreneurship development, migration and, in particular, return and reintegration, and lead knowledge management and the M&E Component. UCEP Bangladesh is a consortium partner, and responsible for all activities related to skills development and job placement; and partially for entrepreneurship development. With this project, 2,000 returning migrants and their 1,000 family members will enter the job market through economic reintegration activities at 8 sub-districts of Narsingdi Sadar, Shibpur, Raipura, Monohordi, Demra, Keraniganj, Nawabganj and Dohar in the districts of Narsingdi and Dhaka by March 2022.