Skills for Market 2014-15
Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) successfully completed third round of its scheme Skills for Market, in June 2014. The Fund awarded contracts of Pkr 397 million, engaging 16 Training Service Providers in order to impart vocational educational to the marginalized communities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Khanewal, Narowal, RahimYarKhan, Sargodha, Shiekhupura and Vehari. The scheme was launched after comprehending the substantial social impact of its previous two rounds. ‘Skills for Market’ was initially launched in 2012 to enable vocational training opportunities for the rural communities in the trades demanded by the local market. In the first round of Skills for Market scheme, 3,352 individuals belonging to the rural backgrounds of districts Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh were imparted with vocational trainings, whereas for the subsequent round it was launched in 2013, PSDF funded the trainings of 4,000 women from target districts of the Punjab. Skills for Market 2014 – 15 provided vocational skills to women in various innovative trades such as; Home Based Livestock Farming, Kitchen Gardening, Food Processing, Commercial Bee-Keeping, Solar Drying of Fruits and Tunnel Farming. From the trade group of textiles, trainings were provided in courses like Textiles Embellishments, Industrial Stitching, Textile Product Delivery and Marketing.While enabling better livelihood prospects for the women belonging to lower income backgrounds, the scheme also helped in increasing the women participation in labor force, which played a major role in country’s economic growth. For the intake of illiterate or less literate females, the training component under Skills for Market was inclusive of Urdu literacy, numeracy and basic financial literacy.