On January 10, 2014, TUSDEC signed an agreement with CECOS University Peshawar to establish a state-of-the-art engineering support centre in the premises of CECOS Industrial Liaison Centre in Peshawar. TUSDEC is setting up common facility centres in Peshawar, Hyderabad and Lasbela to support the light engineering sector with the provision of precision manufacturing and relevant manpower training on contemporary machines and equipment to enhance productivity and global competitiveness of the allied industry. The centre will extend the modern product design, fabrication solutions, training and technical consultancy specifically to the Small and Medium Industrial units comprising the light engineering centre in KP. The centre will be facilitating the rubber and plastic goods, match manufacturing, metal and metal products, engineering and electronic goods, auto rickshaw motorcycle and scooters assemblers and parts manufacturers, aluminum products manufacturers, hunting and sporting arms manufacturers. The centre will be incorporated with high-tech machines and equipment that will be utilized to impart the trainings of advanced product design and manufacturing, maintenance and repair among the local manpower which will instigate a wage hike in the region. Besides, with mounting production quality standards, the local manufacturing industry specifically the SMEs will be able to secure the ground in international market which will gradually ascent the export market share of the local industry. In all of its salubriously contrived strategies to aid the economy of Pakistan, TUSDEC has been cognizant to the significant role of academia to uplift the national industry. In the same verve, TUSDEC is collaborating with CECOS University Peshawar to setup the light engineering centre to rear the manufacturing sector in KP. CECOS University is a Chartered University established vide Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) Ordinance No. XXI of 2001. CECOS University is one of the notable private sector institutions in KP which is extending apex quality education in the fields of Engineering, IT, Business Administration and Management. The university also endows equivalent significance to its nexus with the industry and pertinent organizations which are working towards its amelioration. Hence CECOS Industrial Liaison Centre has been setup in the industrial Estate of Peshawar. TUSDEC and CECOS have reached on an agreement to setup the high-grade engineering support centre within the land site spared at Industrial Liaison Centre keeping in view its immensely suitable proximity with the industrial units operating there. The agreement signing ceremony held at TUSDEC Head Office in Lahore where Mr. Muhammad Tanveer Javed, President CECOS University and Mr. Basit Maqsood Abbasi, CEO TUSDEC penned the agreement. Precedented officials from TUSDEC and CECOS university also participated in the ceremony.
On December 24, 2013, TUSDEC organized a graduation ceremony to award the certificates to the first two batches of solar technicians that have been trained in the areas of Photovoltaics (PV) and Solar Water Heating (SWH). In the pursuit of fostering the emerging solar industry, TUSDEC has joined hands with GiZ Pakistan to support the sector with the provision of technically trained manpower. The training programme is being implemented under GiZ FIT (Funds for Innovative Trainings) initiative where TUSDEC aims to train 125 students as solar technicians by March 2014. The programme is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
Alongside the certificate distribution ceremony, a meticulous display of candidates’ assignments was also arranged at the high-tech solar lab setup at NIDA Lahore. The lab has been outfitted with most modern equipment to punctuate more focus on the practical and industry driven trainings in solar technologies so that the graduates would be absorbed by the job market right away. The graduates at the ceremony asserted that they have been imparted with comprehensive theoretical and practical trainings in the testing, installation and trouble shooting of numerous kinds of solar panels which are currently in demand by the solar industry in the country. A job fair was also organized after the ceremony to enable an effective liaison between the industry and the graduates. Mr. Basit Maqsood Abbasi, CEO TUSDEC alongside Mr. Almas Hyder, Ex Chairman and founder of TUSDEC and higher officials from the solar industry awarded the students with the certificates. The guests from the industry extolled TUSDEC efforts and endeavors to support the solar power industry with relevant skilled manpower that is requisite for the proliferation of any specific technology. The dexterous solar technicians would further fuel up the development of solar technology in the country by curtailing the installation and maintenance costs. The programme is also focused at enabling livelihood opportunities for the youth through the provision of technical trainings in emerging fields. Technical trainings in conventional trades have germinated massive redundancy among the blue collar workers, it is the need of the hour to set a forward-looking approach for technical skill development to produce both adept and employable youth. The on-tap apposite workforce would also catalyze the development and promotion of renewable energy sources.
The event was attended by the prominent officials from TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) sector, public sector and enterprises in solar technologies. Copulative efforts from public, private and the non-profit sectors to work up the alternate energy sources will certainly help suffice the country’s accelerating energy needs on sustainable basis.
TUSDEC – SkillTech International Karachi has successfully Started the training of Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF) on 15th December 2013 in the domain of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Currently 100 students are enrolled in this program.
Pakistan’s workforce lacks required skill competencies to compete globally. Thousands of technical jobs are available globally but Pakistan’s workforce is unable to compete due to lack of internationally recognized qualifications. To improve overall skills of the workforce and provide them with better opportunities locally and internationally, SkillTech International (a subsidiary of TUSDEC) is created in collaboration with City & Guilds-UK. City & Guilds is the world’s largest certificate & diploma awarding body with a presence in over 135 countries. It provides a unique opportunity for professional development in a flexible manner with the added benefit of international recognition.
After the completion of this course, the successful candidates would be able to undertake their career as a supervisor Electrician, Electronic Technician or Electrical and Electronic Design support engineers etc. This Program is designed for those who wish to improve skills and receive better opportunities of employment locally and abroad. The program aims to reflect the international nature of the knowledge, skills and activities required for developed countries
An MoU has been signed between TUSDEC and UET Peshawar to enhance the incorporation of the role of academia for the evaluation and improvement of the current industrial scenario with various initiatives of technology sophistication and skill base development. Both organizations will pool their resources and capacities to identify the areas of margin among the strategic industrial clusters of Pakistan and the turf of technical skill development which would be ameliorated further through meticulous initiatives of technology transfer. Joint sector studies and researches would be conducted to aid the industry in amplifying its productivity and competitiveness to gain grounds specifically in export markets. Both organizations will also collaborate in conducting technology relevant sectoral mapping, will also envisage pertinent interventions for the upgradation of polytechnic institutes in the country and specifically in KP. TUSDEC is already implementing large scale initiatives of technology transfer and skill dissemination in KP and FATA and is contemplating to venture into further programmes with kindred objectives. Effective liaison between the industry and academia sets the concrete basis for sustainable economic growth through the formulation of a knowledge based economy. The company is devising various interventions of technology and skill development for key industrial sectors where each project is reared by a factious sector study, hence the MoU is deemed to aid the company in seamless design and implementation of further programmes. Mr. Basit Maqsood Abbasi, CEO TUSDEC and Mr. Imtiaz Hussain Gillani, Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar penned the MoU in Lahore on December 5, 2013 at HEC regional office.