Training for persons with disabilities in the garment sector to increase their employability

Apr 5, 2017

5 April 2017, Karachi—
In partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Youth Employment Project (YEP) and Soorty Enterprises are working with NOWPDP (disability inclusion initiative) to provide vocational training to youth with speech and hearing impairments. The purpose is to develop the skills of persons with disabilities to increase their access to job opportunities. Today, they were awarded certificates for their completion of trainings in garment manufacturing quality control. Interviews were conducted with prospective employers like Soorty Enterprises, one of the largest denim manufacturers in Pakistan.

YEP Project Manager, Mr. Moin Zaidi said “People with disabilities are often denied jobs, but this training will increase their employability. The initiative will help disabled persons become self-sufficient and pave the way for other garment companies to employ them without prejudice.” He said UNDP was working with some of Karachi’s best-known garment companies to increase youth employment and that persons with disabilities would be no exception.

Ms. Samar Naqvi, Senior Manager-Programmes at NOWPDP said “Efforts like these give us hope, encouraging us to continue our journey of mainstreaming persons with disabilities. Organizations like Soorty Enterprises and UNDP that extend such opportunities to persons with disabilities contribute to making history and encourage others to follow suit.”

YEP provides training and job opportunities in the garment industry to young women and men from conflict-ridden and marginalized areas of Karachi. It is a three-year project implemented by UNDP and supported by USAID. To date, the project has trained 7,600 people in garment-manufacturing skills and provided job opportunities to 4,300 youth in Karachi.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Mishal Jawaid in Karachi at

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