600,000 to get free vocational training
Islamabad: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (Navtec) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here on Monday for the provision of vocational training to BISP beneficiaries.

The MoU was signed by the Chairperson BISP Farzana Raja and Chairman Navtec Adnan A Khawaja at the BISP Secretariat. BISP has initiated a Technical and Vocational Programme to impart vocational training to its beneficiaries so that they acquire a skill and are able to earn a respectful livelihood and break the shackles of poverty. One person of each beneficiary family will be nominated by the family head and that person will be given vocational training.

Talking to the media at the MoU signing ceremony, Farzana Raja said work is underway to give free vocational training to 600,000 families of those districts where the poverty survey has been completed. She said that BISP will bear the expenses of those girls who are interested in nursing and other fields.

“The vocational training initiative of BISP has won international appreciation and recognition. Under this project backward areas of the country will be given preference in provision of technical training,” she added.

Under the MoU, Navtec will undertake vocational and technical training of BISP beneficiaries. BISP will provide Navtec the data of prospective beneficiaries, which will include academic qualification and the preferred field and place of training. BISP will bear the cost of training and will provide funds for it. Navtec will make necessary arrangements for training of the nominated beneficiaries in the disciplines and trade of their preference.

Navtec will also assist BISP in project formulation, monitoring and evaluation of training activities and will regularly send monitoring and evaluation reports to BISP. A six-member monitoring and evaluation committee will be formed which will comprise officials of both organizations. This committee will furnish a monthly report.

Navtec would also ensure that this programme does not overlap with other training programmes being run by it. Navtec will also ensure that the successful participants of the vocational and technical training are given certificates/diplomas bearing the logos of BISP and Navtec.

It must be mentioned here that Navtec will provide training to BISP beneficiaries all over Pakistan including Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that Navtec has successfully trained 10,000 youth in various trades and crafts in collaboration with public and private organisations. The news

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