Youth Economic Empowerment Project
In order to achieve sustained economic and social development, remain globally competitive and be able to respond to changes in technology and work patterns, the Pakistan government has recently made skills development a political priority. There are currently only 315,000 enrolled students across 1647 technical and vocational education and training institutes in Pakistan. It is quite evident therefore, that major renewal is necessary to achieve this quantitative target.
Plan International, Pakistan under its “Right to Adequate Standard of Living Country Program” has included a key objective of Poor and vulnerable families, especially women and youth, enjoy their right to an adequate standard of living. In this context, Plan International Pakistan and Institute of Rural Management has joined hands for the project called “Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) in target district of Chakwal for enhancing technical capacity of existing TVETs and poor youth of 3 Tehsils of district Chakwal :Chakwal,Kalar Kahar and Choa Saidan Sha . 280 poorest youth including young women (148) belonging to 56 rural communities of the respective tehsils will be targeted/accessed to provide employable skills to improve their social and economic position .Concept of women friendly workplaces and decent work standards would be promoted through raising awareness amongst potential employers.
Two Year :August 2012-Nov 2014
- Youth have access to youth friendly micro finance schemes, quality and market driven vocational and technical training, Life skills and enterprise development trainings to pursue economic occupations on self-employment or paid employment basis.
- Youth particularly young women from the targeted areas increase their levels of economic work (self or paid employment) in traditional and non-traditional occupations.
- Local communities and parents recognize and encourage youth, particularly young women, to become socially and economically active members of society
- Youth School drop-outs with little education and/or skills training
- Youth with moderate levels of skills and education (Matric)
- Youth with high level of skills
- 280 youth provided with employable skills
- Six existing TVETs (Modernization of TVETs and TOT of 30 Trainers of TVETs)
- 10 Employers
- Formation/Re-activation of 56 Community Organization/Village Organizations.
- 31,154 young women and men of the target areas are aware about employment choices, TVETs and MFI support services in the areas.
Activities to be implemented by IRM:
IRM has set up new office in the district Chakwal to undertake following activities of the project:
- Youth Economical Empowerment (YEE) Project in district Chakwal. Focus on Youth particularly young women of the target district/areas (56 villages).
- To identify the strengths and weakness of the target 06 TVETs through an assessment/gap analysis.
- Labor Market Study for Exploring Employability & Economic Opportunity through Vocational Skills Training, in district Chakwal.
- The staff (30) of target TVETs will be imparted training of trainers and facilities will be equipped depending upon the existing gaps with the purpose of strengthening the TVETs to provide demand driven employable skills(updating training curriculum, enhance instructor capacities and training facilities)
- The target area population will be oriented and provided awareness regarding TVET and employment opportunities available in the area.
- Providing scholarship incentives/employable skills for vulnerable 280 youth by involving TVETs. Provide financial & technical support to the trained youth for self employment (Link with MFI and Business Development Support Service providers).
- Through signing of different MoUs with employers, local enterprise and ILO will contribute in provision of quality training, building enterprise and decent employment services in the project area through a set of activities.
- Monitoring Evaluation & Reporting (MIS to track youth& Reporting).