Skills for Job – PSDF

Overview

Employment is one of the greatest challenges we are facing and HF Pakistan is contributing to its resolution by establishing training initiatives that lead to paid and or self-employment. It has a well-established Hotel Management Training Program (HMTP) which boasts 80% plus employment. Based on the success of this HF has secured phase-wise funding from the Punjab Skills Development Fund to provide similar training to deserving youth from Punjab. Under its most recently completed phase titled “Skills for Job 2013-14” it had a mandate to train 360 beneficiaries in hospitality trades. More specifically, the project’s objective was to train the youth for better employment in future. Seven districts of South Punjab (Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar, Khanewal, Rahim Yar Khan, Vehari) were targeted with a budget of PKR 84 million. The key interventions included; theoretical in class training followed by on the job training, end of training exam to complete the certification process and to provide accommodation to trainees during their training period.

Achievements

  • 155 young individuals have successfully completed their training in four major qualifications of HMTP.
  • 155 trainees (89%) are now City & Guilds certified; this international recognition has increased the worth of the certification.
  • Trainee’s skills were further polished through the induction of Interpersonal & Communication Skills (IPCS) and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sessions.
  • Job placement strategy helped in developing partnerships with reputed employers including Western & Global Services, NOHA global, Pothohar, Shalimar and other hotels.
  • Trainees of Front Office and Cooking were provided the opportunity to work in Pearl Continental Hotels and Marriott Islamabad which groomed them.

By building on it successful completion of the previous projects the Foundation signed another project with PSDF “Skills for Job 2014-15” in November 2014. The project is focused on skills training for income generation by building the capacity of youth from seven districts (Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sargodha, Gujranwala, and Narowal) of Central Punjab. Through this project, Hashoo Foundation will train 160 youth in Basic Housekeeping and Food & Beverage Service trades at HDRC Lahore and Rawalpindi simultaneously.

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