Story from Balakot
A 20 years old handicapped Sanaullah belongs to the earth quake hit area, Balakot. He passed his matriculation examination but unable to continue his studies due to poverty. However, after some time he got to know about the free technical course offered by TUSDEC EU TVET Support Programme in Skill Development Center, Balakot, which became a ray of hope for him. After completion of his training course, he got interest free micro finance loan from AKHUWAT, a micro finance institute with support of TUSDEC. He bought tools required for False Ceiling work and started working as a Freelancer.
“I felt helpless, I thought I will never be able to fulfill my dream of getting education and to achieve a respectable status in society because of our financial constraints. I was completely hopeless and unemployed. After some time I got to know about the free technical course offered by TUSDEC EU TVET Support Programme in Skill Development Center, Balakot, which became a ray of hope for me as I am the only one son of my parents having three sisters. My father was a labor and was unable to fulfill our financial needs. So I started my journey by getting admission in the False Ceiling trade. It was market oriented and demand driven, as due to earth quake here the construction work is done at large scale”.
Story from Lakki Marwat
Zaheer Ud Din, a young guy from Lakki Marwat was ambitious and wanted to get higher education but after his father demise, he was unable to fulfill dreams. He was a laborer and dropped out from his school after passing his eighth class examination. After leaving his education he started apprenticeship in a local welding shop with a skilled person. In the mean time he got to known about the free technical course offered by TUSDEC EU/TVET Programme in Niazi Polytechnic Institute, Lakki Marwat. He applied for admission and fortunately got one in the welding trade. So he learned the welding related skills in systematic way as there was theory and practical classes. After completion of training, he got interest free micro finance from AKHUWAT- MFI. Furthermore, with 40,000 startup capital he started his small level business.
After leaving his education he started apprenticeship in a local welding shop with a skilled person. He used to earn 200 Rs per day but he was unable to support his family.
Story from FATA
Breaking with the past and putting FATA with sustainable development through education and training its youth, TUSDEC EU-TVET Support Program at Bajaur agency played a pivotal role. Sultan Zeb, 26 is among these trainees who took the leap forward to change their career through TVET Training. Zeb strived hard to turn his potential into profits by attaining skill oriented training.
Zeb is a son of a farmer with very meagre income; however, he was motivated with the concept of self-employment, therefore, with career counselling at TVET Training, he decided to start his own business. Now he runs a shop successfully in his native area, substantially, supporting his family and convincing others to follow his course. Sultan requests further training facilities to the youth of his area, so they could dispel the effects of terrorism through better livelihood opportunities
Story from Malakand
TUSDEC in its TVET supporting program funded by European Union also helped Malakand tap career opportunities by TVET programmes. As welding one of the potential trades, TUSDEC produced pool of 25 skilled individuals in the same trade, most of who are currently working in local markets earning their livelihoods. Three graduates, Sajjad Ahmad (aged 23) Tariq Khan (29) and Apnan Ahmad (22) applied in Bin Laden Company at Saudi Arabia and secured their jobs successfully. With spirits high and skills in hands, lead them toward remarkable success.
According to pass outs, TUSDEC EU effort in providing skill to the youth enabled them to earn better income and support the entire family toward a better living.
Story from Chitral
Bibi Rabbaniya, 30 is a graduate of Advanced Tailoring courses organized by TUSDEC in Chitral. Before the training, she got her graduation from Girls College at Chitral but was not finding any job. She had a hand on the skill of tailoring but when it comes to professional advanced tailoring, she lacked the skill.
Advanced tailoring course at Sadabahar Institute, Chitral changed it all for her. By attaining advance training in tailoring from TUSDEC Tvet programme, at one hand, she learned modern techniques of tailoring while on the other, increased her income. After completion of the course, her monthly income enhanced up to 15000 rupees. Rabbaniya is extending the same knowledge to her sister as well. Rabbaniya mother says, this is a great dowry, parents can give their daughters in form of skill that can help those earning incomes wherever they go.