17,000 youths to sharpen skills

Published: May 18, 2017
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Layyah District PHOTO: EXPRESS

Layyah District PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Around 17,000 youngsters of Layyah district will get skill training under a project launched on Wednesday at an event organised by youth development organisation BARGAD with support from Oxfam in Pakistan.

The five-year project aims to economically empower these youngsters by providing sustainable livelihoods to people in Layyah district. Oxfam Country Director Mohamad Qazalbash said: “The project is designed to economically empower young people hailing from disaster prone communities and provide them with opportunities to secure a sustainable livelihood.”

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Under the project, BARGAD, Oxfam’s implementing partner in district Layyah, would provide entrepreneurship and skill-based training.

Qazilbash said almost four million young people enter the workforce every year in Pakistan and an estimated 60% of them are employed in low paid and unstable jobs.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2017.

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