UNDP forging new partnerships in Karachi to boost youth employment

 Women trainees acquire technical skills and knowledge about garment manufacturing. This is the first phase of fashion designing at Kings Apparel, that will train 500 young participants in Karachi.

Thanks to an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Youth Employment project, funded by USAID, more than 13,000 young women and men in three deprived townships of Karachi can now access specialized training for employment in the garment industry.

Inaugurating these training programmes, UNDP Deputy Country Director Ms Tracy Vienings said, “These training programmes will not only be beneficial for the garment industry but for the young workforce as well. It will broaden their learning horizons, and consequently improve their livelihoods.”

About 31 percent of Pakistanis are aged 15–29 years, but a third of this group is uneducated, with no vocational skills. They are a massive missed opportunity to contribute to Pakistan’s development, and are at risk of being drawn to violence. This project will provide marketable skills and pathways to employment to young people in the violence-prone townships of Lyari, Korangi and Sultanabad.

To provide this service, UNDP has signed three-year collaboration agreements with three garment and home textiles companies and nine training institutes in Karachi. These include some of Karachi’s best-known concerns, including Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, Gul Kings Apparel, Eastern Garments, Memon Industrial & Technical Institute, the Pak Korean Garment Technology Institute, and the Sindh Technical Educational Vocational Training Authority.

Through this programme, participants will acquire technical skills and knowledge about garment manufacturing. After completing the training they will be offered employment in local industries.

Misbah Tariq, one of the trainees said, "I'm currently working as a fashion design instructor at Pak-Korea Garment Technology Institute. In future, I would like to move into the garment industry. UNDP’s Training of Trainers has been a platform for me to learn beyond theory, about garment manufacturing processes, industrial engineering and a lot more. This will definitely add value to my skills as an instructor and will improve the performance of the young workforce that I teach in the garment factory.”

UNDP’s Youth Employment Project is a three year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It aims to train more than 13,000 youth and to help provide them with long-term employment opportunities.

 Tracy Vienings, Deputy Country Director-Programme UNDP, with Nazar Ali, Director Operations STEVTA, met the young women acquiring training at Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA).

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