Vocational skills imparted to 625 FATA youth

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UNDP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat partnered with the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) to help FATA returnees rebuild their livelihoods and increase their chances of obtaining employment. Using financial support from the governments of the United Kingdom and Japan, this initiative successfully imparted demand-oriented vocational skills to 625 youth—300 women, 325 men—in Bara, Khyber Agency. The three-month training was arranged locally and took place at the Dogra Technical Training Centre in Bara.

Women trainees were facilitated by female trainers and the addition of training venues in community-based centres in Aka Khel, Karigar Gharay and Shalobar (Bara tehsil). Some 300 women participated in hand embroidery and jewellery-making courses, providing very positive feedback.

One of the trainees, 23-year old Gul Bibi* said she was planning on setting up a small handicraft jewellery business with her husband. “I have learned how to make jewellery and it has made me more confident,” she noted with pride.

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Similarly, Meraj, having just completed secondary school learnt of the TUSDEC vocational training programme and enrolled in the three-month electrical work training. Armed with this knowledge, he is now extremely optimistic about his career prospects and is planning on starting his own business.

Some 325 young men received trainings in construction, electrical work, solar and UPS repair, home appliance repair and plumbing. The courses also provided guidance on careers and entrepreneurship, and soft skills sessions conducted by technical and vocational education and training (TVET) professionals. This process helped trainees develop linkages with potential employers.

A product display exhibition and certificate distribution ceremony was organized to distribute certificates to trainees and showcase handicrafts made by FATA women during their training. The event gave them an opportunity to interact with potential employers and businesses, as well.

*Her name has been changed to protect her identity.

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