KARACHI, Sept 08, 2014: The President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, on Monday urged the private sector to join hands with the government and contribute to the national economic growth by making their products competitive in the global market.

Mamnoon seeks private sectors support for economic uplift 1He said this while addressing the 2nd Achievement Awards ceremony organized by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). The FPCCI's Achievement Awards are the highest awards of the private sector which are conferred to those leading organizations and individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the socio-economic sector as well as corporate social responsibilities (CSR) activities.

A number of leading companies received awards in different sectors including trade, industry, investments, CSR, education, research and development, infrastructure, energy, agriculture, information technology, medical and health-care and social welfare services.

The Technical and Vocational Education and Mamnoon seeks private sectors support for economic uplift 2Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, was also given an award for its outstanding contribution in the TVET sector reforms, focusing on the private sector engagement.

President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is moving in the right direction on social and economic fronts. He, however, sought suggestions from the business community on how to effectively maintain law and order as the government realized the value of peace and security for the economic prosperity of the country. He recounted the achievements of the government and said he was confident that through better policies and hard work it would succeed in overcoming all major challenges including the energy crisis, and the law and order situation in the country. Pakistan, in his view, has a very bright future and by 2050 will be 18th largest economy in the world, he said with optimism.

While handing over awards, Mr. Hussain said that FPCCI's Achievement Awards have been very much recognized and encourages more companies to deliver their best in their fields/ sectors.

Earlier, the President of FPCCI & ECO CCI: Mr. Zakaria Usman, the Vice President of CACCI, Founder & former President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and former President of FPCCI : Mr. Tariq Sayed and Dr. Julie Reviere, Programme Director Education GIZ, also spoke on the occasion.

Project: Self-employment training on wool processing and carpet weaving project

Project Duration: December 2013 – March 2015

Context

Baluchistan Environmental & Educational Journey (BEEJ) is a Quetta-based non-profit organization, consisting of volunteers and experts. The organization is engaged in a number of sectors including education, health awareness, capacity building, small-scale community physical infrastructure development, community mobilization, institutional development, food security and livelihood protection.

BEEJ is implementing this particular project in the district of Musakhel, which has an estimated population of 247,000, 90% of the households live in rural areas and only 10% of the population in urban areas. With only little education and no skills, the population rely on meagre sources of income and live below the poverty line. Livestock, sheep in particular, is a main source of livelihood but without proper wool processing skills that is very essential for the local carpet manufacturing sector and its value addition. Similarly, carpet weaving, though a traditional trade in Balochistan, is hardly practiced in Musakhel district. This project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project objective(s):

In order to address the above-mentioned problems the project seeks to enable the target beneficiaries to increase their income by 20% through building capacity in wool processing, carpet weaving, and marketing.

The specific project objectives are:

- To train vulnerable men and women in wool processing and carpet weaving for future self-employment.
- To build the capacity of the beneficiaries to form community organizations as a supportive structure to production and access to markets.
- To monitor the completers of training in passing on their skills to family members.

Target Group

450 persons will directly benefit from the project. Of these persons 55% (250 persons) will be women. Clusters of trained people will continue to work for profit after training, and it is expected that each the beneficiary will train 4 family members, which when put together makes about 1,800 persons (indirect beneficiaries).

Methodology

Existing community organizations to which the beneficiaries belong will be restructured into production clusters of 25 beneficiaries before the commencement of the training programmes. Each wool processing cluster will be equipped with tools, machines and spinning wheels. In addition, the each carpet weaving cluster will be provided with looms for production houses to be set up by the project. All 18 clusters are responsible for organising their work schedules.

Training will be held at the cluster facilities. The curriculum is geared to practical training with only little theory. Certificates of the training will be provided by BEEJ and endorsed by TTB. As part of the project, two beneficiaries from each cluster will be instructed regarding business management and market demands to ease the direct path to local and regional markets.

Expected Outcomes:

• Enhancement of self-employment opportunities.
• Increasing income for target groups.
• Socio-economic improvements for vulnerable segments of the rural population.

For further details: Mr. Sajjad Haider
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Project: Creating Livelihood through ECD development in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Project Duration: Dec 2013 – Feb 2015

Context

Pakistan is among those developing countries with low education indicators. Particularly in the area of early childhood learning, there are only few planned educational programmes, most of which look after the children’s academic needs only and overlook their social and psychosocial development. In rural areas, in particular, parents are not aware of the benefits of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and thus are rarely involved in their children’s education. Consequently, children do not reach their development potential and are less likely to be productive adults.

Hashoo Foundation (HF) seeks to address the above mentioned problems through developing Female Early Childhood Developers (FECDs) and thus building capacity in transferring knowledge and expertise in ECD. The reasons for involving only women in this training are manifold. Firstly, it is a type of work women are accepted to be involved in due to local traits and culture. Secondly, women working in the field of education act as role models, critical to the achievement of gender equality and integration.

This project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project Objectives

• To develop a training programme for FECDs that reaches out to all children, irrespective of gender, poverty or disability
• To create new employment opportunities for women
• To increase awareness about the importance of ECD and to foster understanding and cooperation between parents, teachers, social service providers, community leaders, civil society and different levels of local government

Target Group

• 240 young female graduates who face challenges in employment due to lack of specialization and teachers from primary schools whose skill levels in ECD will be enhanced
• 300 stakeholders and members of the community who benefit through seminars
• 4,000 community members who will receive orientation/awareness sessions (indirect beneficiaries)

Methodology

The project is being implemented in five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. Under the project, a full day course over (4 batches of 60 trainees each, divided in two classes) will be offered to the trainees, involving shifting between classroom lectures, children’s play room sessions, and out of house activities (visits to primary schools, awareness sessions, participation in stakeholder seminars, etc.).

Classroom lectures will instil knowledge about childhood development, childhood caring and healthy child environment, while the playroom sessions allow practical exercises such as appropriate play and communication activities. During open-door hours, trainees have a chance to liaise with parents, observe their interaction with the children and gain mutual understanding.

Similarly trainees will be involved in the preparation and facilitation of community meetings, seminars, information exchange visits, and a trade fair to promote linkages between trainees and potential employers,vital to achieve a broader spread of ECD facilities and services. The project will also impart entrepreneurship awareness so as to enable trainees to make an informed decision about potential employment options. For those who want to be self-employed, provide a business course after ECD training. During the last phase of training, a toolkit will be provided to all trainees containing toys and games, books, consumables, posters, learning materials, etc. so as to support some final practical exercises and future work activities.

Expected Outcomes

• Skilled Female Early Childhood Developers (FECDs)
• Increased awareness of and demand for ECD
• New employment and self-employment possibilities in schools and own small day care centres

Contact Details: Mr. Shahzad Mirza
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Project : Creative Entrepreneurship for Women(CREW)

Project Duration: November 2013 – September 2015.

Context

The Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) is a public limited company functioning as a subsidiary of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) under the Ministry of Industries and Production. PASDEC is mandated for the development, promotion and upgrading of the dimensional stone sector in Pakistan.The values guiding PASDEC in relation to the mosaic, crafts and inlay (MCI) sub-sector are poverty alleviation through national development strategies and creative enterprise development to generate sustainable (self-) employment and income-generation opportunities for those who have few means and limited opportunities.

Creative Entrepreneureship for Women (CREW) is a special project, which is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project Objectives

• Develop a sustainable pool of skilled female workers with ample resources and rich traditional culture in the MCI Sub-sector with the value addition of innovative skills, technical expertise and enhanced design
• Increase value-added productivity, quality and competitiveness for labour intensive job creation and business development
• Add value to subsectors by developing programmes for creativity, design and expertise through training which makes products internationally competitive
• Replicate the model developed by PASDECto achieve gender parity

Target Group

The direct beneficiaries of the project will be 560 women from the areas surrounding industrial hubs in the Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkwa and rural ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory). The socio-economic characteristics of the target group are poor households, marginalization and little or no income.

The concept indicates in addition that each direct beneficiary will train another 15 women in Business Incubation Centers established by the project in the next ten years. Accordingly, altogether 8,400 women will benefit from these activities.

Methodology

Two training centresfor Mosaic, Crafts and Inlay/MCI-Training will be established in the target areas and will be connected to the Marble & Granite Institute within the Marble City that will have a special MCI-Department to act as a technical coordinating hub for all marble mosaic production and business-related work in Pakistan. To ease the development of market linkages, project training centreswill be located in close proximity to hubs of marble industrial activities.

Expected Outcomes

• About 9,000 women are skilled to generate income to meet basic needs
• Women project beneficiaries are role models for others, encouraging them to join the proposed CREW programmeand enter the market as producers and entrepreneurs
• Linkages between trainingcentres, trainers and trainees/graduates are established with the MCI Centre in Risalpurto improve designs and expertise
• Women entreprenuers are organized in the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and linked to national and international markets

Contact Details: Mr. Lutf ur Rehman
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Project: Introducing new technology and techniques in leather products’ design and manufacturing

Project Duration: Nov 2013 – Sept 2015

Context

Leather production is the second biggest export-oriented manufacturing sector and ranks third in overall exports of Pakistan. The industry has a production capacity of more than 100 million square meters, however actual production is only 60 million square meters. This underutilization of existing capacity is because of power outages, absence of energy efficient technologies, lack of qualified maintenance technicians and lack of skilled workforce for the industry. As a result, Pakistan faces a 3.94 % decline in leather goods exports (fiscal year 2011-2012).

In light of this analysis, the Government of Pakistan has approved to establish a “Tannery Zone”/industrial park in Sialkot. It is expected that the respective area will grow to accommodate around 550 leather and leather products companies.The current number of leather manufacturing units is estimated to more than 1000 in and around Sialkot.

The project is being implemented by the Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PGMEA) through its Leather Product Development (training) Institute (LPDI). The project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project Objectives

• Introduce new technology and techniques in leather products design and manufacturing
• Produce skilled labour for the leather industry in Sialkot

Target Group

• 630 unemployed youth (pre-employment training); → poor (less than Rs. 10,000/- per month for a household size of 6 people) unskilled and no access to education and training facilities
• 840 existing workers in the leather industry who intend to improve their skills and expertise (in-employment training)
• 480 business managers/owners (In each of the above sub-group male and female participants are targeted but no numbers are given)

Methodology

• Upgrading infrastructural facilities at LPDI
• Hiring international experts (4-6 weeks) for capacity building in production management and techniques, use of energy efficient technologies,modern design, skill development (stitching, cutting and pattern making), and quality standards
      o Selection of experts through gathering information from Pakistani High Commissions and concerned Chambers of commerce/trade bodies
• Providing seven different courses to 1,470trainees relating to various stages of manufacturing and designing leather products e.g. gloves, garments, sportswear and shoes

o Pre-employment training – 7 full-time courses with 30 trainees each3 batches, followed by 2 month of internship. Regular visit of staff during the internship period so as to provide guidance and ensure that companies are able to impart industry relevant skills. An on the job training logbook will be used to supervise and monitor the progress of each intern
o In-employment training – 7 evening courses with 30 trainees each 4 batches;the focus is on skill enhancement, particularly in using new materials and techniques.
o The proportion of all training is 80% practical and 20% theoretical

• Providing seminars for business managers/owners on modernization of machinery, latest technology,production techniques, innovations, marketing techniques and standards, including compliance with registration evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH) and health safety and environment (HSE) standards – 6 seminars with 80 persons each

Expected Outcomes

• Completers find employment
• Enhanced productivity and reduced costs of production in the involved manufacturing units
• Continuation of training using full capacity of LPDY for at least 4 years after project completion
• Common facilities services to the surrounding industries are established
• Income for future training courses is ensured

Contact Details: Mr. Khurram
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Project: Halal Butcher Training to the Youth of Landless Rural Families

Project Duration: August 2013 – May 2015

Introduction:

With the introduction of large supermarkets and meat stores using modern machinery, the demand for skilled butchers has increased in Pakistan. Halal butchery is also a growing market in the Middle East, Europe and Canada. Particularly with regard to European markets, the increased demand derives from the growing Muslim population. Britain alone requires 5,000 butchers and in 2008MoU was signed between National Halal Foods Group (NHFG) of UK and Overseas Employment Cooperation (OEC) of Pakistan.

This overall situation opens new employment opportunities, but qualified/certified butchers are hardly available in the country. Existing butchers cannot cope with the new, modern requirements, including health and hygiene standards. They operate in small slaughtering facilities and shops using traditional methods handed over from one generation to the next.

The Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC)through its vocational institute (VTI) Nain Sukhseeks to develop a structured halal butchery training course, which eventually gets national and international recognition. At the same time, the organization will offer workshops in basic health and hygiene and safe treatment of meat to traditional butchers.

PVTC is a government institution established in October 1998.Its mission is to alleviate poverty by imparting market responsive skills to under privileged poor youth in Pakistan. VTI Nain Sukh in Lahore is one of 154 vocational training institutes of the PVTC training provider network. PVTC training certificates are formally recognized on the basis of the 1998 PVTC Act.

The project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project Objectives

• Development and implementation of a certified halal butchery training course
• Enhancing competitiveness and productivity of local livestock and poultry
• Economic empowerment of marginalized sections of society, including women and landless rural population
• Increase awareness about health and hygiene among existing butchers
• Job placements in Pakistan and abroad

Target Group

• 240 young boys and girls from deprived/underprivileged segments of society (comprehensive halal butchery course)
• 600 traditional butchers (2-day workshops)

Methodology

Structured halal butchery training:

• Equipping a class room for theory lectures and a butcher’s workshop (slaughter house)
• Developingthe curriculum, manuals and training materials, including applied computer programmes. As this is the first course of this kind the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences will scrutinize and possibly improve the drafted curriculum before finalization.Prime importance is given to practical work. The ratio of theoretical versus practical lessons would be 20:80.
• Providing training to 4 batches of 60 trainees; 2 classes per batch, taking morning and evening shifts. The training delivery will be supported by the local government.
• Exposing trainees to real work situations in industry related businesses such as modern slaughterhouses, supermarkets,etc.
• Examination and Certification:

Training workshops for traditional butchers:

• Organizing 24 two-day workshops of 25 participants/butchers.
• Distributing posters and health and hygiene kits to each participant at the end of workshop to hang in their workplace. The posters visualize health, hygiene and storage procedures while the kits will contain respective items such as gloves, apron etc.

Expected Outcomes

• 240 young men and women are trained and certified ashalal butchers
• Completersfind jobs at national and international markets and thus improve their families’ livelihood
• 600 traditional butchers use their newly acquired knowledge to improve the health and hygiene condition at their meat stalls
• PVTC continues to run this course by its own resources, using the infrastructure and curriculum according to its regular procedures

Contact Details: Mr. Ather Masood
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Project:Training in Stone Masonry in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Project Duration: December 2013 – January 2015

Context

The seismic performance of many buildings in the northern areas of Pakistan was found to be generally very poor in earthquakes, which has led to huge losses of life and to the economyparticularly in 2005 earthquake. The collapse of many buildings was due to bad construction techniques and inadequate construction materials and mixtures, particularly concrete blocks of low thermal insulation which cannot withstand the climatically harsh conditions. To avoid the inappropriate sand-cement mixtures of pre-earthquake times, and to meet the need for more sustainable accommodation, market demand for stone masonry in both rural areas and growing towns across the region has gone up by 50% in the last three years, with upward movement expected.

Given the absence of any industrial base or other income-generation opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and a high demand for physical reconstruction measures, stone masonry is an ideal profession for school drop-outs and unemployed youth. The target group would otherwise have no options to acquire productive skills, since there are no technical training facilities in the region.

The project, being implemented by the Rupani Foundation (RF), is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project objectives

• To support and promote stone craft through structured training, technology transfer and market development
• To broaden the access of training and impart skills in stone dressing, fixing, and following standard construction codes
• To establish a stone masonry association

Target Group

1,500 unemployed youth and drop-outs across Gilgit-Baltistan will benefit from project measures.

Methodology

Training will be given by involving renowned skilled master trainers in six different locations of Gilgit-Baltistan. The respective locations were selected on the basis of existing human resources in the trade. Local Support Organizations (LSOs) in the proposed regions will be involved in identifying the masters and approaching and selecting beneficiaries. MoUs, agreements and announcements of the envisaged training in print and electronic media will be made.

The proposed training will be divided in two batches of about 740 and 720 persons respectively. Each batch will undergo six months of training in using improvised tools, chiselling stones in different styles and finishing, and construction codes, among others. In line with market demand about 10% of the participants will be trained in quarrying and 90% in stone masonry. In addition, there will be two-month upgrading courses for 95 skilled workers in the selected industries.

Furthermore, the project will devise mechanisms to create linkages between the trained workforce and the job market. Firstly,completers of the training will be encouraged to continue working with their masters and RF will continue their supervision and monitoring. Secondly, steps will be taken towards formalization of the sector; a Masonry Association will be formed and will be registered as a legal entity. Thirdly, a customized website will be linked with public and private sector organizations, and RF will be responsible for monitoring all project activities.

Expected Outcomes

• Physical stability and improved climate condition of buildings
• Enhancement of self-employment opportunities
• Increasing income for target groups
• Qualified labour force for employing firms

Contact Details: Mr. Mohammad Maqsood
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Project: Vocational Education and Training for the Intellectually Challenged

Project Duration: January 2014 – March 2015

Context:

According to latest data projection (2/2012, based on the last population census 1998) there are nearly 89,000 “insane” and 107,000 “mentally retarded” people living in Sindh Province. However, critics say that, due to the lack of segregated definition, not even a third of all intellectually challenged people are statistically accounted for.

The large number of intellectually challenged people in Sindh is contrasted with only 30-40 special needs schools, shelters, and day-care centres (registered & unregistered), which have a capacity of just 10-15,000 individuals. Vocational training for intellectually challenged people hardly exists. Severe limitations are the lack of specialized instructors and the lack of customized curricula as well as the reluctance of employers to open their doors for this specific target group. Only enterprises above 100 employees are bound to employ people with disabilities but many do not do so and compensate for this by paying an additional levy.

The project, being implemented by the Karachi Vocational Training Centre (KVTC), is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Project Objectives

• To establish virtual vocational training facilities in 3 technical trades, welding, professional spray-painting and carpentry

• To create customized curricula, impart virtual simulation training, establish workshops for practical training and create linkages to Special Education and Occupational Therapy activities

Target Group

100 intellectually challenged participants, 100 unemployed and about 5,000 persons, including workers/employees, owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, local organizations, chambers, parent-guardians, school leavers, students as well as HR managers from national and multinational companies will benefit from project measures.

Methodology

• Establishment of Project Team (steering committee, project manager, sector-specialist instructors and teachers)
• Announcement of training (advertisements in leading newspapers)
• Set up training sites, purchase and install equipment
• Training of trainers, teachers and staff
• Creation of curriculum
• Awareness Campaign
• Training in 3 technical Skills
• Job placements (on-job- and internships, job placements, follow-up services)

Expected Outcome

• Sustainable training infrastructure for intellectually challenged people and unemployed;
• Better inclusion of intellectually challenged people and unemployed (project trainees);
• Better awareness of legislation on the inclusion of people with disabilities, including
       o The right of education and training, and
       o Employment in general.

Contact Details: Mr. Farhan Afzal
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