Lahore: September 08, 2022
A toolkits handover ceremony wasorganized at a hotel in Lahore by TVET Sector Support Programme (TVET SSP)under its component, ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’, which is fundedby the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),in order to provide fashion designing toolkits to returning migrants and locals,who received training in a workshop on entrepreneurship.Raja Saad Khan, Deputy Head of TVET SectorSupport Programme also expressed his views while addressing the beneficiaries, Heinformed that the TVET Sector Support Programme is funded by the EuropeanUnion, Germany and Norway, and being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the NationalVocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and in closecollaboration with the provincial Technical Education and Vocational TrainingAuthorities (TEVTAs) and several not-for-profit, public and private sectororganisations. “TheGerman Development Cooperation considers upskilling in the informal labourmarket of Pakistan to be pivotal for the economic growth of the country andfinancial independence of individuals. The economic stability of a country’sworkers, specifically those belonging to the informal sector is directlyproportionate to a stable economy. GIZ Pakistan aims to support smallbusinesses and self-employment through the provision of in-kind support. Ourapproach is beneficiaries-centred and the Career & EntrepreneurshipAdvisory Services, and Employment Promotion interventions encourage andmotivate the Pakistani beneficiaries to become self-sustainable in the long run”,he also added. Prior to the handover ceremony of the toolkits,a workshop on Career & Entrepreneurship Advisory was held to providetraining to the beneficiaries. Beneficiaries from Punjab and KP, whoparticipated in the workshop, will now be able to become entrepreneurs andinitiate their own start-up upon their return to their homes. Ms. Zulaikha Khan,a returnee from Saudi Arabia, while collecting his fashion designing toolkit atthe event said, “When I returned to Pakistan, I struggled a lot. I could notfind any support or any opportunity that would support us – the returningmigrants. This is a revolutionary step and the toolkits we are receiving todaywill enable us to run our own businesses and become financially stable.”The ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’component of TVET SSP, aims to facilitate the socio-economic development ofPakistani returnees and the locals by offering them quick and effectivestart-up opportunities, especially in Punjab and KP, as these regions are mostaffected by return migration. The component will support 15,000 individuals,including 6,500 returnees from Germany and Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC) countries through various support measures including Career andEntrepreneurship Advisory Services, Competency-based Training & Assessments(CBT&A), Recognition of Prior Learning, and Employment Promotion.
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