Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a vocational training initiative for the youth of the newly-merged tribal districts, a news source reported.
The vocational training programme would educate 500 youth residing in the tribal districts of North Waziristan, South Waziristan, and Khyber Agency. The authorities concerned would organise the training at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad.
The training programme, which would span over a period of six months, has been funded by USAID through the UNDP. It would cover training of the youth in a number of trades; including auto-mechanic, solar panels, refrigeration, air-conditioning, and motorcycle repairs.
KP Minister for Finance Taimur Saleem Jhagra and UNDP resident representative Ignacio Artaza spoke at the occasion of the initiative’s launch. Artaza encouraged the trainees to make the best use of the opportunities. He added that all stakeholders should come together to create more opportunities for the youth in the tribal region.
Jhagra stated that a dynamic skill sector could change the job market of the country, and that KP should be the leader in setting this example. He also thanked the donors for extending their support for the provision of livelihood opportunities in the region.