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Enhancing Socioeconomic Development through Investing in Human Capital in Punjab and Sindh (TVET)

The project, ‘Enhancing socio-economic development through investing in human capital in Punjab and Sindh’ sought to improve the TVET sector by working on relevance, quality, access and equity of TVET services predominantly for the deprived communities, and exclusively focused on rural women and youth. It aimed at increasing income generating activities for the target groups through improving access to and quality of TVET services by designing and implementing demand driven training programmes, using innovative approaches, using new teaching and learning methodologies, and improving linkages between TVET graduates and labour market service providers for job counselling, job placement and facilitation for self-employment including access to micro-credit services. TVET institutes were also to be strengthened through including life skills training for trainees. Overall, the project aimed to redress stereotyping by encouraging both boys and girls to go for “non-traditional” activities through skill development streams.


  • To improve the relevance, quality, access and equity of TVET services for the women and youth 
  • Innovative Approaches and new teaching methodologies are developed and access to TVET services is increased
  • Linkages between TVET graduates and employers are promoted
  • Small Enterprises and self-employment amongst rural women’s and youth is promoted and linkages with MFI’s are strengthened


  • Women have more personal autonomy, more resources at their disposal, and more influence over decision-making
  • Training provided to 307 officials of Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority
  • Computer Labs and Lab equipment for trade specific courses provided
  • Project baseline survey and market assessment & skills gap analysis undertaken and disseminated
  • MoU signed with Public TVETA institutions in Sindh and Punjab
  • 4600 students enrolled in trade-specific courses for beauticians, hand & machine embroiderers, general electricians, welders, AC & refrigerator repairs and computer skills in 15 institutes
  • 15 Career Counseling and Coaching Centers established in Public TVET institutes for coaching and career growth
  • Developed 6 DCC in targeted districts
  • Established 101 VDC (Village development committees) to ensure the community participation and sustainability of the results.
  • Meetings conducted with School teacher and SMCs (School management committee) and selected the location and space for technical labs

Time frame: June 2012 to December 2015

Location: Districts Thatta, Mirpur Khas, and Tando Allah Yar in Sindh, Districts Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Vehari, and Multan in Punjab

Donor: European Commission – through CARE International UK

Budget: 2,253,407(EURO)

Cost:  2,229,998(EURO)

Implementing Partner: Rahnuma - Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), AWAZ Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services (AWAZ CDS)

Beneficiaries: 5173