Prime Minister Imran will launch today the “Hunermand Jawan” skills training program that is aimed at developing young people throughout the country, reports Radio Pakistan.
The programme, billed as the largest ever programme for the development of skilled labour in the country, is expected to be carried out in phases over the next four years, and will cost an estimated Rs30 billion.
Radio Pakistan says the program, in addition to training the youth, will facilitate easy lending, professions, investment in start-ups and the provision of internships for young people in Pakistan.
While chairing a pre-launch meeting of the “Humermand Jawan” programme, PM Imran was quoted as saying that the youth were an asset of the nation. “The program will help the youth get better job opportunities and contribute to national development,” PM Imran remarked, according to Radio Pakistan.
In the first phase of the programme, around 170,000 youth will be given professional skill-based training, of which 50,000 will be trained in areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, and cloud computing, among others.
Similarly, 50 000 young people are trained in traditional areas including automechanics, plumbing and similar fields at the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority.
The state radio also reported that twenty thousand youth will be given apprenticeship under the programme, and around 75 smart classrooms will be set up to ensure easy access to professional education.
Children at 70 religious schools will also be imparted professional training, and five Centers of Excellence will be established under the programme in collaboration with friendly countries.