Skills Training a decent career path

Harnai: April 28, 2016: A three months course of woodwork in technical education and vocational training multiplied the earning of Mohammad Naveed, 22, who opened his own workshop in Harnai, a far flung district of Balochistan.

With the support of the European Union, the Concern and its local partner organization- Social Mobilization Advocacy, Research and Training (SMART)- is providing offering vocational training opportunities to the youth. Mohammad Naveed, a 22-year old from Miani Abad, Harnai district is one of the beneficiaries, who learned Muhammad Naveed about this programme through a theatre show.

“One day, while I was sitting with friends in the evening,” narrates Naveed, “a relative of mine came and mentioned about a theater show being organized the next day at a nearby school. We went to the theater and there and then I decided to get myself enrolled in a vocational training programme, which was being promoted through the very same theater.” By engaging prominent local actors, such theatre shows are organized as part of community mobilization and awareness campaigns to create a demand for TVET. After learning about the significance of TVET through this show, Naveed sought out the SMART project team and asked them for their support.

Naveed worked as a daily wage laborer in one of the coal-mines and used to earn hardly PKR 5,000 (€42) per month, after completing his formal education up to middle (Grade 8). He found it very tough to allocate his daily expenses from this income; he spent a negligible amount on food, clothing and medicine and would occasionally borrow money from his friends to meet his needs.

After verifying his credentials and interest in woodwork, the SMART project team enrolled Naveed into the three-month carpenter (woodwork) training provided at the vocational training center in Harnai. After the three-month training, Naveed also participated in a two-month internship at local shop to learn how to run such business.

Having gained all these skills, Naveed rented a shop and began working as a carpenter. After the completion of the training, Naveed was given a tool kit which provided him with the necessary initial capital. Additional financial support from his family further allowed him to acquire more tools and equipment for his woodwork workshop. Now his monthly income has increased to an average of PKR 14,000 (€ 117).

Fact Box

Concern Worldwide Project

Supporting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Northern Balochistan Province

Harnai, Balocistan

About the worker

Name: Muhammad Naveed
Area:Miani Abad Harnai
Course Attended:Wood work
Course Duration:3 months
Previous Occupation:daily wage labourer
Previous earning: PKR 5000/-
Current Occupation:WoodCutter
Current Earning: PKR 14000/-

Muhammad Naveed is delighted about his own business, “I am very happy today and proudly support my parents and brothers. I am happy also about my younger brothers, to whom I give financial support for their education.”

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