This year, STAR received special commendation in the Financial Times/International Finance Corporation Transformational Business Award in London. STAR was the only project by a non-government organisation to be recognised in the awards.
Skills training is crucial for Bangladesh, a country where 60% of the total labour force is under 30 years old and two million young people enter the labour market every year. Half of the population are illiterate or semi-literate, and most young people end up with irregular, informal jobs.
STAR is bringing high-quality training to people from all backgrounds, and linking graduates with decent work opportunities that respect the rights of workers.