PCESSDC Technical Training College graduates rise out of poverty
The first batch of 49 Technical Training College (TTC) students graduated in 2014 with 32 students of the total batch receiving job offers immediately in different organizations, including Engro Fertilizer.
TTC was established to provide high calibre skills development programs to rural populaces, who otherwise do not have access to training of this nature. TTC focuses on local procurement of labour by training underprivileged youth in Diplomas of Associate Engineering.
While Engro took the lead in developing the TTC, it has partnered with the Pakistan Chemical & Energy Sector Skills Development Company (PCESSDC) and persuaded several other corporations to join in its efforts, helping make the institution even more sustainable in the long run. TTC’s other donors include the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and energy sector firms like Mari Gas, ENI Saipem, Descon and STEVTA.
Pakistan is home to a rural population experiencing chronic poverty, with limited access to human resource development. The country’s under 30 “youth bulge” is 115 million people, of which approximately only 250,000 have received skills training. An important factor limiting economic growth and a major constraint for reducing poverty is the low level of education and skills in the labour force. Key provincial indicators show that as a burgeoning populace emerges, the employment to population ratio is rapidly declining. The government has been unable to provide appropriate training in the skills development sector – students who enrol in such programs find their training unsuited to the employer’s requirements. A move in the right direction is the recent MOU been signed with Sindh TEVTA for PCESSDC to take over two institutions in Mithi and Razzaqabad.
TTC students having a discussion with their principal Brig (Rtd) Raja Ali