LAHORE: Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) in its latest efforts to increase the supply of skilled labour in the country conducted a workshop on the “Skills Need Assessment for the Logistics Sector” in association with Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA). The workshop brought together experts and stakeholders from all fields with in the logistics sector with the aim to identify the dearth of trained manpower and skills gaps prevalent in the sector.
Chairman PSDF, Dr. Ijaz Nabi, began his speech by providing a background of the Government’s initiatives for skills development in the province. He said that PSDF is focusing on the logistics sector as it has great potential for employability and growth. “This highly-productive sector is very labor-intensive and offers numerous entry-level jobs for unskilled workers as well as technicians,” PSDF Chairman said. He also described the general situation of Pakistan’s logistics sector, and also explained the strategic issues and obstructions faced by the sector. He then gave the audience a briefing on the goals and objectives of the workshop.
CEO, PSDF, Mr. Ali Sarfraz, in his opening remarks, said that the workshop will enable the organisation to design a scheme that directly addresses the needs of the logistics sector. He said that the feedback gathered through the experts provides a bird’s eye view of the trends in this sector, enabling PSDF to better align its efforts. The rationale behind each training scheme is driven by gauging the industry’s demand for skills and expertise in a particular sector. In the same verve, the valuable information revealed in this workshop will be worked on to launch a training scheme in order to support the logistics sector of the Punjab.
Addressing to the participants, Mr. Abdul Majeed Paracha, Chairman, PIFFA, said that non-trained workers impose severe limitations on capacity as well as the quality of work. He said that the association is optimistic that the workshop will prove very helpful in this regard. He added, by utilizing PSDF’s expertise in skills development, the logistics industry will get a much-needed boast as trained labour will be better equipped to take on the future challenges of the industry.
Punjab Skills development Fund (PSDF) is a section 42 company, established by the Government of the Punjab in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK. PSDF funds vocational training organisations for providing vocational and skills training to the poor and the vulnerable populations of fourteen districts of South Punjab – Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Khaewal, Rahim Yar Khan, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Narowal and Sheikhupura. Until now, PSDF has funded the trainings of 40,000 men and women in its target districts of Punjab under its various schemes for skill development. In future, PSDF plans to launch special schemes for sectors: light engineering, footwear, food processing, sports goods, surgical instruments & cutlery and furniture.