LAHORE: PSDF organized its second workshop to design industry-led intervention for skills needs for the construction sector. PSDF arranged the workshop – Skills Need Assessment for the Construction Sector – in partnership with Constructors Association of Pakistan (CAP) here at a local hotel. The workshop brought together coherent forces with in the construction sector coupled with the training institutes for better understanding the skills shortages and to devise an intervention for the industry.
In his opening remarks, CEO PSDF Mr. Ali Sarfraz said that the workshop will enable PSDF to design a scheme that directly addresses the needs of the Construction Industry. He said that the Fund has already launched a specialized scheme – Skills for Garments _ for provision of better skilled manpower to the Garments Sector. PSDF in its past and current schemes – Skills for Employability & Skills for Job – introduced trades that focus on producing skilled labour such as masons, shuttering carpenters, steel fixers, plumbers etc.
Addressing the participants, Chairman Construction Association Pakistan (CAP) Mr. Afzal-Ur-Rahman appreciated PSDF efforts for the construction sector. He also lauded Government’s efforts to improve productivity of manpower through various interventions especially by PSDF. He said that by utilizing PSDF’s expertise in skills development, the construction industry will get a much needed boast as trained labour will be better equipped with all essential skill set to take on the future challenges.
The workshop for construction industry was second in series of workshops planned by PSDF for potential growth sectors. The first workshop was dedicated to garments sector and led to the launch of PSDF scheme for garments sector – Skills for Garments. Other workshops planned will target light engineering, footwear, food- processing and furniture sectors.
Punjab Skills development Fund (PSDF) is a section 42 company, established by the Government of the Punjab in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK. PSDF funds vocational training organizations for providing vocational and skills training to the poor and the vulnerable populations of fourteen districts of South Punjab – Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Khanewal, Rahim Yar Khan, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sheikhupura & Sialkot.