Workforce Development Program’s Mission:
“To enhance employability of the youth and provide skilled workforce to industry.”
Workforce Development (WFD) is a multifaceted theme that enhances capacity and efficiency of youth and adult; employed and unemployed; male, female and transgender persons in order to better position them for bargaining in the job market. WFD is an alternate path for new generation that otherwise are supposed to fall in crimes and militancy due to abject poverty caused by unemployment and low level of earning.
Need for Workforce Development:
Economic development of countries depends largely upon trained human resources. The countries with lesser skilled labor need to import skilled workforce, otherwise capital flight takes place for the sake of skilled workforce that decreases investment level in the country and leads towards unemployment and low income. Unskilled workforce is less productive and less efficient that enhances unit cost of the product. Training workers after employment is also a costly option for corporations especially for smaller ones.
On the other hand unskilled workforce is least required by industry that causes unemployment and supplements poverty. Low waged or unemployed workers are hardly able to buy health, education and other necessities of life for their family members. This factor strengthens vicious cycle of poverty. Unskilled and unemployed youth possibly adopts illicit means for earning money or become vengeful towards society as a whole by joining militant groups and crime syndicates.
How Workforce Development Program Works?
AID believes that skilled workforce is vital for development at micro as well as at macro level. Our workforce development is not only a training program rather it also provide guidance and consultation on career choice apart from liking demand and supply channels. We first carry out a research on the demand of the skills in industry in a specific area and then develop a project how and at what level to build skills of how much individuals and networks. WFDP develops and implements projects in order to foster entrepreneurship and improve access for youth to job opportunities by focusing on:
- Building occupational and IT skills of women & youth;
- Skill development of youth with disabilities and drug addicts;
- Demonstration sessions for workers safety and health;
- Awareness and protection of workers’ rights;
- Developing linkages between skilled youth and job market; and
- Career Counseling
- Fostering Skills in Home Based Working Women in Kasur
- Protecting Women’s Economic Rights through Raising Awareness & Supporting Networks
- Prevention & Treatment of Respiratory and Skin Disease in Tannery Workers
1: Fostering Skills in Home Based Working Women in Sialkot
The project aimed at enhancing income of working women by imparting state of the art skills. The project selected 25 young women from the most deserving families who provide support to local industry by working from their homes. The project updated their skills by establishing a vocational training center in tehsil Sambrial, district Sialkot. All 25 women completed 6 months training course at the center and later on were placed in relevant industry for better wages and better employment terms including social security net. The project also followed up department of labor & manpower for ensuring registration of the 25 women in Employees Old age Benefits Institute.
2: Protecting Women’s Economic Rights through Raising Awareness & Supporting Networks
The project ‘Protecting Women Economic Rights through Raising Awareness and Supporting Networks’ was implemented to contribute to protecting socio-economic rights of women in Pakistan. The specific objective of the project was to promote economic independence, ensure non-discriminatory wages for women worker and ensure access to justice for women in case of violation of their rights. As first step towards empowerment the project organized women in 50 groups of 20 members each in order to make them a collective force against any kind of exploitation. Later on awareness of 50 women groups was built on women’s human rights, economic rights, workers rights, causes and effects of domestic violence against women. The project provided a mechanism for redress against violation of any kind of women rights. As women in poverty stricken areas face more and more complex forms of economic exploitation, and domestic torture in many cases becomes the by-product of poverty and double burden of work that women bear, the project focused on removing misconceptions and wrong interpretations of religious belief that are used as tool to exploit women.
After having done stakeholders analysis, all organized stakeholder groups were mobilized to join hands with the project by forming a network of their representatives. The network of stakeholders was oriented and sensitized on the need and mechanism for action against violations of women rights as well as women exploitation. The network met every quarter to share updates and discuss progress of the project. It helped resolve issues of women regarding pending payment and lesser wages and provided out of court dispute resolution services.
In third segment the project established a focal office that was first situated at Ladies Bar Association of district Kasur and later on was shifted to project office Kasur upon request of the focal person. The focal person and other penal lawyers of the project provided access to justice for women who faced domestic torture and economic exploitation in district courts Kasur. The project could successfully provide access to justice to 9 women who faced domestic torture, aggression of the intimate partner, deprivation from share in inheritance, deprivation from dowry articles and dower amount, financial burden of children only on a woman, and humiliation by husband or male head of the family.
3: Prevention & Treatment of Respiratory and Skin Disease in Tannery Workers
High density of chemicals and salts in water that is used for washing hides in leather industry causes multiple ailments in workers. Dominant majority of leather factories are unregistered. A few of them are registered under “The Punjab Shops and Establishment Ordinance 1969.” Legally only a few of those are bound to register their workers with Punjab Employees Social Security Institution who are registered under Factories Act 1934.
The project ran demonstration sessions in leather factories in order to avoid possible hazards of chemicals and advised to adopt safety measures. The project also opened a dispensary in Kasur city for treatment and in case of need referral of workers who suffer from respiratory and skin diseases.