ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to impart vocational training to the BISP beneficiaries and provide trained labour workforce to the industry.
BISP Chairman Enver Baig and KATI President Syed Farrukh Mazhar signed the MoU, according to a press release issued on Saturday.
The main objectives of the MoU are poverty reduction through job placement of successful trainees of BISP’s vocational training programme; provision of trained labour workforce to the industry to minimise the shortage of skilled workforce in different emerging trades; and encouragement of females to earn a sustainable livelihood.
The BISP is imparting vocational training to its selected beneficiaries in various trades under its vocational training programme namely ‘Waseela-e-Rozgar’ through public and private sector training institutes, so as to inculcate such skills into the beneficiaries (or their nominees) that could enable them to earn their livelihood and take their families out of the quagmire of poverty.
The KATI has offered the BISP to place the successful trainees of its Waseela-e-Rozgar programme in the industries, and to impart on-job training (apprenticeship) to untrained BISP beneficiaries.
According to the MoU, the KATI will determine the employment needs of the market. Accordingly, the skills development training would be provided to the beneficiaries by the BISP and their placement in job market would be ensured by the association.
The duration of the training would be six months and the BISP would pay the stipend of Rs 6,000 per month to the beneficiaries or the nominees during the on-job training.
The BISP would provide to KATI the details of successful VTP trainees in the identified trades, who shall, after interview and ascertainment of suitability, be employed by the KATI member industries.
According to the press statement, Syed Farukh Mazhar said that the KATI would cooperate and coordinate with the BISP for job placement of the trained workers in the industries.
The BISP chairman thanked the KATI members for cooperating with the BISP, and informed them that this initiative had prior approval of the prime minister.
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