Following a market assessment Care International will develop or improve curricula for 8 trade specific disciplines and train 2,800 youth and rural women in 3-6 month courses.
The training will be supplemented by a life skills module that will provide the trainees with important soft skills to negotiate the challenges they face both at home and in the work place. The project is also establishing career-counselling centres to help orientate the trainees and provide links to employers in each region after which it hopes to set up apprenticeships for the majority of the graduates.
Secondly, Care International will provide 1,400 rural women and youth with entrepreneurship training, as self employment is an important option in this region where there are few jobs available. An innovative touch to help the more isolated entrepreneurs will be to train 50 Rural Sales Women in marketing, basic accounting and communication skills in two districts and to link these with the private sector.
Outreach is a very important aspect of the project work in order to overcome barriers to women leaving the home. Living at least 20 km from the nearest towns in areas where there is no real transport system these women are very isolated. Even the shopping is usually done by men.
A first very important challenge therefore is to engage with the rural development committees to find ways to transport the women every day to the TVET institutes.
Nonetheless, it is anticipated that for many the only way to supplement their income will be through home-based enterprises. And to help these, they will establish 14 entrepreneurship groups of 350 women and provide them with vocational skills. The project will also help them develop linkages with relevant businesses that might contribute to the value chain as well as to microfinance institutions to help them access start up loans.
Last but not least, to help achieve all these results, Care International will train a range of master trainers and instructors to work both in the schools and villages and continue this work in future.
To Increase access of rural women and youth to income generation opportunities through innovative TVET approaches
- An improved TVET Programme is established for rural women and youth
- Innovative Approaches and new teaching methodologies are developed and access to TVET services is increased
- Linkages between TVET graduates and employers are promoted
- Small Enterprises and self employment is promoted amongst rural women’s and youth and linkages with MFI’s are strengthened.
- Project baseline survey and market assessment & skills gap analysis undertaken, report MoU signed with Public TVET institutions in Sindh and Punjab (Sindh TEVTA and Punjab TEVTA)
- 4600 students enrolled in trade-specific courses for beauticians, hand & machine
- Embroiderers, general electricians, welders, AC & refrigerator repairs and computer skills in 15 institutes of Sindh and Punjab TEVTAS
- 15 Career Counselling and Coaching Centres established in Public TVET institutes in Sindh and Punjab