Islamabad, Thursday 24th September 2011: Skilled young women and men of Sindh will be further equipped with entrepreneurial skills to start their own small businesses. Technical Education & Vocational Training (TEVT) Institutes of Sindh will start imparting entrepreneurship courses starting next year. As pilot, six Institutes will start this additional course this year while rest of 143 institutions would gradually adopt this new curriculum to enhance youth employment. This will help in promoting a culture of self-employment and will provide adequate opportunities for youth to establish their own small enterprises.
For this purpose, Principals and Instructors from six TEVT Institutes were imparted a nine-day Training Course titled “Know-About-Business: Training of Facilitators” organized by International Labour Organization (ILO) in Karachi concluded today. Training was facilitated by ILO’s Entrepreneurship & Youth Employment Expert, Ms Gulmira Asanbaeve and co-facilitated by Ms Sadaf Abid from ILO International Training Centre (ILO-ITC) Turin (Italy). Apart from Principals and Instructors from TEVT Institutes, the representatives from SMEDA and civil society organization also participated in the course.
In order to provide young people in Pakistan with greater entrepreneurial awareness, the ILO in partnership with national and provincial technical / vocational training institutions is introducing relevant ILO tools for enterprise development into the curricula of technical and vocational training centers. The ILO generic training material “Know-About-Business (KAB)” will be translated and culturally adapted to Pakistan and its technical educational system in consultation with national experts in curricula development and enterprise development. Consultations with TEVTAs and other stakeholders were held to assess the possibility of introducing the entrepreneurial programme as learning material under the existing education syllabus in technical and vocational training institutes. Awareness raising workshop and meetings with key stakeholders are held on relevance of introducing entrepreneurship education and business start-up skills into the technical curriculum.
After completion of this training, the facilitators would start transforming the global “Know –About-Business (KAB)” module into a curriculum for a minimum of 80 hours in a year.
At the end of the training the participants are motivated to promote entrepreneurship for young women and men to utilize their potential productively for the country. For Pakistan being a labour-surplus country and having a large portion of young population between age of 16-28 years, it is inevitable to identify innovative and unconventional job opportunities particularly for reducing pressures on wage-employments and to create a competitive. Self-employment and small entrepreneurship is one answer to this challenge and it is encouraging that the national institutions like Sindh TEVTA and SMEDA are going to work together on promoting a culture of self-employment.
These efforts are part of ILO’s support to the Sindh TEVTA in developing a model for implementation of market-based quality skills training in selected institutes / Districts. ILO’s “Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Education, Employment & Training (EET)” Project is part of One-UN Program in Pakistan. The project would continue providing technical support to national and provincial institutions for replication and institutionalizing good practices in the next year.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Muhammad Saifullah Chaudhry, Senior Programme Officer, ILO, Islamabad
Tel: +92 51 227 6456-8, Ext 235