KARACHI: Around 40,000 technically trained youth, belonging to Karachi, have got themselves registered with the placement bureau functional at the Commissioner Office.
“Their skills need to be further fine- tuned in accordance with the market demand,” said Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui Wednesday during inaugural ceremony of his office’s placement bureau branch at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP) centre.
He said a procedure is already underway to get the registered youth absorbed in the local job market for which both public sector and private sectors institutions are being approached.
“Sixteen thousand youth, in collaboration with FPCCI, are presently being groomed so as to meet the requirements forwarded by different sectors,” said the Commissioner.
He said another 20,000 registered youth will be covered under the advanced skill training scheme by March 2014.
Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui also suggested need for a Skill Development Council and close coordination between it and all technical training schools to streamline the training process.
“The schools need to update their training programmes and also keep themselves as well as their students abreast of the developments taking place in the field of science and technology in the world,” he said.
Khuda Baksh Siddiqui of BBSYDP on the occasion said the programme meant to assist the youth and the training provided by Commissioner office’s placement bureau could significantly contribute to strengthening the programme itself.
He mentioned that no less than 17 employment bureaus in the province were lying almost dormant and needed to be re-activated.
Shahida Ahmad and Anwar Ahmed Siddiqui of FPCCI assuring all support to the placement bureau and BBSYDP said concerted efforts were required to also guide young students as well as apprentices enrolled with different workshops.
This, they said would strengthen the efforts made for documentation of informal sector ultimately helping those associated with it.