These days Shahbaz is working as an electrician in a well-known company ‘DULUSCO’ in the UAE drawing a handsome monthly salary of about US$ 212 (UAE Dirham 775). That’s in addition to health insurance, free accommodation, food, pick & drop services, internet and English classes. They will also raise his salary by 175 UAE Dirham (about US$ 47) once he passes the 3-month evaluation.
It is an exciting development for the 21 years old orphan from Layyah, who only ever left home before when he had to migrate to another village after the 2010 flood wiped out his own.
“Shahbaz has had little education, as he had to leave school at a young age following his father’s death. He started out as a labourer, and then moved to work as an assistant to his brother who was an electrician. But Shahbaz’s brother was barely able to feed his own children and also didn’t really have the time to train his young brother. However, he did tell his younger sibling about the YEEP project, which was providing TVET courses. “Try to enroll in their electrician course”, the older brother advised.
Shahbaz registered as a member in Plan International’s Al-Madad youth group and succeeded to enroll in a 3-months training course for the electricians at the Vocational Training Institute Layyah.
Once he had the skill and accredited certificate he applied for the position of electrician at DULSCO Dubai (UAE), passed the test, was called for interview and ultimately was told he had been selected for the job. Looking back on that moment Shahbaz says “It was such an experience. At that moment I felt I can achieve almost anything if I set my mind to it. And all this because of the skills I learned and developed through the TVET project”.
Provision of access to market-driven training and employment opportunities to vulnerable youth and women in rural districts of southern Punjab, Youth Economic Empowerment project (YEEP)
Contributions and Aim:
The Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (YEEP) is a EUR 2.4 million project being funded by the European Union (90%) and Plan International (10%). The 3.5 year project is being implemented by Plan International and NRSP. It aims to help a total of 3694 young men and women aged 15-29 to find meaningful, well-paid employment and self-employment by improving access to effective, market-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opportunities.