Carpentry skills help keep forest resources in Dir, Swat sustainable

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Lower Dir: May, 2014: Two months in to the three-month course, already 5 of the trainees have started working in carpenters alongside their course work.

In Chakdara Institute of Technology in Dir Lower, a class of 25 is putting the finishing touches to a series of stools. The class is taught above all to work with modern, productive cutting tools, implement proper health and safety practices and to ensure a polished finish.

The course is being funded by an EU project being implemented by TUSDEC to provide access to training for skills for which there is a demand. TUSDEC feels that carpentry is a trade for which there will soon be a growing demand.

And they seem to be right. Two months into the three-month course, already 5 of the trainees have started working in carpenters alongside their course work. 5 of their trainees have already started working as carpenters.

There is a lot of potential in the furniture/wood processing sector in SWAT and Upper and Lower Dir. The hills used to be covered in trees. In recent years much illegally logged took place, the timber shipped outside the province with little financial gain to locals, resulting in disastrous landslides.

Today it is prohibited to take any logs out of the province unless in the form of furniture. In this way those who derive an income from the forests will have a direct interest in ensuring it’s sustainability. For within a few months these trainees could be working for as much as RS 20,000. That’s a livelihood they are likely to want to preserve.

The woodwork courses are funded by the European Union through a project being implemented by TUSDEC in partnership with quality TVET institutes through KPK and FATA that will see 12,000 young people trained in skills for which there is a demand.

Fact Box

Project:
TUSDEC

Name:
Supporting TVET Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA

Contributions and Aim:
Total budget of the project is
EUR 3934,072.21. TUSDEC first spoke with local employers and identified 70 trades for which there is a demand, and furthermore which skills employers are looking for in those trades. It then reviewed 562 training institutes and identified 153 which have the capacity to provide such training with support in terms of curricula, training of trainers and equipment. It is the goal of the TUSDEC to ensure that all training institutes it works with should be accredited with the Trade Testing Board and ultimately Navtec so that the trainees will receive recognized certificates.




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