Providing work opportunities for excluded and marginalized, is the key route out of generational poverty. Despite hard work, their efforts generally provide only for a mere survival. Lack of proper education or skill training proves an overwhelming obstacle in the way of their prosperity and desire to earn a dignified earning. Acknowledging these facts, BISP has initiated a Vocational Training Programme, which aims at providing recipients with the necessary knowledge and skills to exercise a profession enabling him/her to earn a dignified living and be well integrated in the labor market. Through this initiative, BISP intends to provide the vulnerable with a platform to step from fighting for survival to work for a sustainable better future and dignified living, out of the circle of poverty. The initiative aims to empower female beneficiary or her nominee through acquiring a skill; hence, becoming economically independent by acquiring vocational training through integrated technical education and vocational training. As a pro-poor training initiative, it has an objective of cultivating the skills among young unskilled labor pool from the poorest strata in Pakistan. Following are the salient features of the initiative:

  • It is providing technical and vocational trainings enabling the underprivileged potential workers to work in the formal and informal sectors and earn a livelihood, which will elevate their socio economic status and will help them in getting out of vicious cycle of poverty.
  • The trainings are provided to one member between the age bracket of 18-45 years of each BISP beneficiary family to maximize their potentials as an investment in human capital.
  • More than 83 certified technical and vocational trainings in various sectors are offered including entrepreneurship, hospitality, construction, industrial skills, tailoring etc.
  • The duration of training is four to six months and a stipend of Rs. 6000 per month is paid to the BISP beneficiary during the training period.
  • The programme is also building stronger linkage of these trainees with the formal sector to ensure better employment opportunities.
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