In order to offer assistance to Pakistani returnees as well as locals in exploring quick and effective start-up opportunities, especially in Punjab, the TVET Sector Support Programme (TVET SSP) has joined hands with the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) as it would help them settle back home with better economic opportunities. The TVET SSP is facilitating the reintegration of returnees under its new component ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The agreement was signed by PVTC Chairperson Major (Retd) Shahnawaz Badar and Head of TVET SSP Ms. Iris Cordelia Rotzoll. Representatives of several stakeholders from the development sector, including Punjab Skills Development Authority (PSDA), the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Lahore Division), the Punjab Skills Development Fund and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan attended the agreement signing ceremony.
The ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ of TVET SSP has the target to support 15,000 individuals, including 6,500 returnees from Germany and Gulf countries through various support measures particularly career and entrepreneurship advisory services, competency-based training & assessments (CBT&A), recognition of prior learning, and employment promotion. The partnership agreement will particularly offer reintegration assistance to 700 returnees and locals through CBT&A and recognition of prior learning.
The story originally appeared in Pakistan Observer