USAID, UNDP provide training to Karachi youth
US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke visited the Gul Ahmed Textile factory recently to meet young trainees learning garment manufacturing skills funded by USAID. As part of the $3 million Youth Employment Program, USAID is working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to increase income and employment opportunities for Karachi youth.
This program trains young men and women, while helping local trainers do a better job. The initiative also conducts research, and engages in advocacy on youth employment issues. “I was very impressed by the perseverance and accomplishments of the trainees I met today,” said Groarke. “USAID is proud to support these young women and men in developing skills that will help them build a more secure future for themselves and their families.”
Over the course of three years, USAID and UNDP’s initiative will train more than 13,760 young men and women in Lyari, Korangi, Sultanabad, and other areas of Karachi. The project aims for at least 70 percent of those individuals to secure full-time employment. Less than four months into the initiative, 1,832 people have enrolled. As part of the program, the UNDP has signed agreements with four garment and home textile companies: Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, Kings Apparel, Eastern Garments and Soorty Enterprises, and 10 vocational training institutes.