On Wednesday, KP government announced to launch digital skills training in collaboration with the UNDP and the Royal Norwegian Embassy as part of the ‘KP Youth Employment Program.’
The MD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KITB) said that KPITB’s Youth Employment Program has resulted in a 49% success rate in employment generation for the trainees. “Digital Skills is one of the four pillars around which the KP Digital Policy is structured. KPITB intends to place the province as a hub for the digital Workforce.”
The launching ceremony of the training program was held live on Wednesday. The advisor to Chief Minister KPK on Science and Technology & Information Technology, Zia Bangash, said that the move is “A step towards achieving the productivity gap between the job market and skill set.”
Earlier, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) joined hands with Abacus Consulting to train and educate the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on advanced digital skills under UNDP’s ‘Kamyab Jawan: Youth Empowerment Programme’ and KPITB’s ‘KP Youth Employment Program.’
Courses in the previous batch offered modules projected to equip the students with the skills needed to have digital opportunities, both in Pakistan and worldwide, including Amazon Web Services (AWS Foundation and AWS Solutions Architect), Microsoft Azure (MCSD: Web Applications) and Big Data Analytics (Cloudera Certified Associate).
Moreover, last year in December, KPITB introduced a programme with goals to train 3,000 women across the 7 divisions of KP that includes, newly merged tribal districts on employable digital skills to ensure women’s inclusion in the digital economy.