About the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
In a ceremony held on July 26, U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer in Karachi Sue Harville congratulated 129 Pakistani graduates for completing a three month textile management training course. The training sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to improve middle management in the textile industry training and Pakistan's workforce development systems.
"We are proud to have joined with over 10 private sector companies in this initiative who contributed to curriculum development and hired our trainees," said Harville. "This event highlights the importance that the U.S. places on deepening and broadening the impact of our development assistance through creative and innovative partnerships with the private sector."
JOBS project has trained the first batch of 129 young graduates out of 320 in topics including design, production, operations, and marketing in collaboration with Pakistan Readymade Garment and Technical Training Institute. These 129 graduates have found employment with 13 leading garment factories in Karachi.
JOBS has also conducted skills trainings for 3,800 young men and women, who are often less educated and poor, from five major cities of Pakistan. The training leads to better paying jobs for participants. Of these, the 1,200 have been placed so far in the compressed natural gas, fisheries, construction, marble, and granite sectors. The U.S. Government will ultimately train up to 100,000 Pakistani men and women.