The project aimed to generate a comprehensive picture of the technical and skills development sector in KPK and FATA, through two closely connected tasks. Task 1 of the “TORs” required the team to focus on “Skill Sector Mapping” while Task 2 essentially called for “Understanding skills from the potential beneficiary perspectives”. The project scope included the following core objectives:
- Identify and make recommendations to DFID about the entry points for developing a market oriented labour force development system in KPK and FATA
- Gain comprehensive understanding about the demand and supply for vocational and technical skills among economically deprived communities in KPK and FATA
Through this research; DFID will examine the possibility for funding investments to create vocational training opportunities for up to 150,000 people over 2011-2014. The objective was to strengthen the provision of market based skills, particularly for the marginalized, enabling beneficiaries to compete and make use of available opportunities within the country and overseas.
The study chiefly relied on a questionnaire based survey to gather the perspectives of beneficiaries and training providers; focusing on the following broad areas; i) Demand for skills, ii) General School System, iii) Supply of Skills and iv) Income earning opportunities.
The survey covered over six hundred respondents in the four sample districts of KPK and two frontier regions (FRs) of FATA. In addition to the survey, a large number of in depth interviews and focus group discussions were carried out with key informants to verify the information as well as to gain deeper insight into some of the key questions.
The final report provided a summary of insights, and a set of recommendations for improving access to demand-oriented quality skill development and labour market services in KPK and FATA. The findings of the research are expected to help DFID identify interventions that could contribute to increasing employability of poor segments of population in KPK and FATA.
Key Staff Engaged:
- Team Leader (Task A)
- Team Leader (Task B)
- Project Coordinator
- District Supervisors
- Field Researchers
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Approx. value of the contract:
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa