Welding trainee is learning a skill for which there is a demand

Mingora: May, 2014: Ghulam Nabi used to work as a shop assistant where he earned PKR.100 per day. Now he is doing a 3-months course at the Swat Polytechnic Institute & College.

Some in his class are already working as apprentices earning PKR 200 -300 a day. The better educated ones tend to learn more quickly, the College Managing Director Ehsanullah explains. Ghulam can expect to earn 500-600 a day when he starts working properly, of ca. RS 13,000 a month.

In this region family of four will get by with an income of PKR 10,000- 15,000, if they have their own house, Mr. Ehsanullah explains. They would be able to eat; the children would be able to go to school.

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

When asked if they know what the European Union is, one of the class shot up his hand. “Yes, he ventured, it provides training that helps people get jobs.”

Fact Box


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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