Professional training: Project to impart driving skills to 100 women

Published: October 23, 2014
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A trainer explains how to perform minor repairs under the hood. PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

A trainer explains how to perform minor repairs under the hood. PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

A group of marginalised women from the twin cities will be trained as professional drivers under a project titled “Drivers of Change” funded by the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund.

The project, being implemented by a local organisation YES-ACTS, will also ensure placements in the formal job sector, said a press release issued by USAID on Wednesday.

YES-ACTS Chief Executive Officer Waseem Amer spoke about the aims and objectives of the project at a briefing organised at a local driving training centre on Wednesday.

The project aims to identify 100 women and impart expert driving skills to improve their household income through job placement as professional drivers.

YES-ACTS will be placing them at either the organisational or household level, with at least 70 per cent female drivers placed within the project life and remaining in the post-grant period.

This initiative will not only help empower the women economically, but also act as the forerunner in opening doors of male-dominated professions for women.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2014.

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