Skills for Market
In 2012, PSDF launched Skills for Market (SFM), one of its key initiatives to provide vocational skills for the rural and vulnerable communities of the target districts of Punjab. Research indicated that rural populations wish to obtain vocational training in those trades which are relevant to the local economy and are imparted close to their villages. Skills for Market was specifically designed to meet the skills needs of the rural populations, with a focus on local trades to enable opportunities of self-employment, informal contractual employment/piece work and small/micro-businesses. Under the initiative, a total of 3352 individuals from the rural proximities of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh were trained in multiple market-oriented trades. A distinct feature of the scheme was the inclusion of core skills like numeracy, literacy, communication and planning in the overall training package for each candidate. The scheme marked a huge success as per its impact, hence is successfully implemented in its second and third phase.