Government to Focus on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Development
Mr. Muhammad Usman Dar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth
Affairs called on Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education & Professional
Training, in order to discuss the need for imparting productive skills and developing entrepreneurship
culture in the youth through Skills Development and Startup Pakistan initiatives.
Under the Skills Development project, 150,000 prospective trainees are planned to receive technical and
vocational training in demand-driven trades over a period of the next 02 years. 50% of these trainings would
focus on high–end labor sectors, whereas the remaining 50% would target conventional vocational trainings
in less privileged areas like Balochistan and FATA, ensuring about 75% employability of the trained
Under the Startup Pakistan initiative, 01 million youth across all universities and 300 accredited TVET
institutes would be targeted to create a national eco-system for entrepreneurship incubation for
establishing self-sustaining venture start-ups as a driving engine for the national economy.
Besides this, Mr. Usman Dar also briefed Mr. Shafqat Mahmood on about-to-be launched initiatives of
Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, namely National Youth Employment Exchange and a mobile
application the skilled workers. These apps would ensure better employability of the trained workforce
by connecting them with employers through smartphones.
It was agreed in the meeting to carry on coordinated efforts to ensure effective training, and
entrepreneurship development for better employability of youth both in the local and international
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