Seventy-four training courses were organized under “In House Training Programme” of Skill Development Council (SDC) from July 2009 to June 2010 to fill the skills gap and training needs of the country. In these courses, 556 participants including students, mid-career professionals and employees of various organisations, including Air Weapon Complex, KRL, State Bank of Pakistan, PAF, Nescom, PAEC, NUST, POF, Wah, HMC, had successfully completed courses.
This was informed in a 7th board meeting of SDC here on Monday. The Council also offered 83 training courses for 1001 participants with collaboration of its partner institutes for boosting skills and knowledge of those already in employment and those about to enter the market and take the students up to the level of working with their own projects and with professional level work flow by covering important areas like computer and IT, Technical and Vocational and Paramedical.
SDC Chairman Mian Akram Farid on the occasion underlined the importance of skilled workers in economic development of Pakistan. He said that a large number of the workers are needed not only within the country but their export to other countries can bring much needed foreign exchange.
“In this way the private sector is playing an important role in reducing poverty in Pakistan by providing employment to maximum number of people”, he said. The chairman called upon the business community to attend maximum number of international trade fairs and exhibitions in order to improve their trade activities. He added that the young entrepreneurs should follow the same path for linkages with global players.
Paying glowing tributes to outgoing chairman, Imtiaz Rastgar, he highlighted his role as promoter of Pakistan and leading exporter of steel products to Germany and USA. He also praised his services as CEO, Engineering Development Board (EDB), especially the steps taken for the development of steel industry. The Board allocated funds for the scheme of adopting school in low income areas of the city for imparting vocational skills to youth.
According to details, the Council will use class rooms’ facilities of the government schools in the evening for providing plumber, electricians and auto mechanics training courses.