Support for the AmanTech Vocational Training Program by USAID
The American Pakistan Foundation facilitated a $7 million grant from USAID to the Aman Foundation to help expand their Aman Tech vocational training program to 3,600 underserved youth. The program trains students in 6-12 month long programs in 11 different trades, ranging from automobile maintenance to carpentry to be prepared for local and international employment opportunities. Aman has partnered with leading organizations in the vocational industry to ensure the highest international quality standards are being met.
USAID, AMAN TECH, AND UNDP: WORKING TOGETHER TO EMPOWER YOUTH THROUGH VOCATIONAL TRAINING IN PAKISTAN
Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.
Speaking at a signing ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said, “So many young people lack the skills and credentials they need to fill the many jobs that are available.” He added, “Our partnership with AmanTech and UNDP will train and create a skilled pool of over sixteen thousand workers that the private sector needs.”
In his remarks, Ahsan Jamil, Chairman of AmanTech said, “Aman’s motto is Transforming Lives, and AmanTech’s students are proof of this. The skills imparted to them here improve their standard of living. I thank USAID for strengthening Aman’s ability to empower the youth of Pakistan. I also thank the American Pakistan Foundation (APF), Aman’s strategic partner in the US, who facilitated our efforts to this end.”
Talking to the audience, Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP, said, “I want to thank USAID. This partnership will enable UNDP to effectively improve skills development and employment opportunities for more than 10,000 youth in the garment industry over the next three years. This is an important step towards ensuring long term economic growth and prosperity in Pakistan.”
Under the agreement, AmanTech will provide vocational training to underserved youth, certifying the graduation of at least 3,600 students over three years, with qualifying students receiving internationally recognized diplomas from City & Guilds (UK). AmanTech will also provide placement services to the students for jobs in Pakistan and abroad. UNDP will train over 13,500 youth, and women, in the garment industry in Karachi, thereby enabling them to find opportunities for employment and increased income.
U.S. Consul General Brian Heath, USAID Provincial Director Leon S. Waskin, Aadil Mansoor, Assistant Country Director, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit (CPRU), UNDP Harald Thorud, Programme Adviser, CPRU-UNDP, AmanTech CEO Zaheer Hussain, and Aman Foundation CMO Shehryar Ahmad also joined Ambassador Olson at the signing ceremony at Aman Foundation’s headquarters in Karachi.