Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) and Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) have decided to collaborate in hopes of building a training institute for their workforce. This primary objective of this venture is to promote technical and vocational education among the laborers working in CPEC’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the rest of the industry.
To kickstart this initiative, a meeting was held on Saturday between FIEDMC Chairman, Mian Kashif Ashfaq, FIEDMC COO, Aamer Saleemi and TEVTA Chairman, Ali Salman Siddique. On the occasion, Mian Kashif Ashfaq highlighted the dire need for keeping close liaison with industries in order to update our workforce with skills in line with the Technical education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) training programs.
The industries operating in FIEDMC’s economic zones would have immediate access to high-quality infrastructure, uninterrupted power supply, public facilities and support services along with simpler ease of doing business
He further announced that FIEDMC will also establish a technical university in Punjab’s Special economic zone, for which an accord has been signed with Fauji Foundation and a Chinese Tianjin University. Moreover, four different courses will be started soon with the cooperation of TEVTA.
According to estimates of Faisalabad Industrial Development & Management Company #FIEDMC more than 400000 trained employees would be required for different departments in special economic zone. After successful venture of M-3 Industrial City & Value Addition City under FIEDMC
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“FIEDMC will provide 22 acres of land to Fauji Foundation for the establishment of the university, opposite to the main gate of M-3 and this building will be completed within one and half year,” he added.
FIEDMC has successfully constructed three industrial estates along Faisalabad’s motorway, namely, Value Added City (VAC), M-3 Industrial City (M-3-IC) and Allama Iqbal Industrial City (AIIC). Mian Kashif also revealed that there is a requirement of over four hundred thousand trained employees among different departments, in all the three economic zones over the coming four years.
He discussed that the workforce will be trained as per the need of different industrial sectors housed in the industrial estates, whereby advance job contracts would be awarded to them with the assurance of employment without delay.
It was estimated that about 70,000 individuals would be employed by the end of this year, while 20,000 local residents – who can speak Chinese language – would be offered jobs during the first year. For this purpose, FIEDMC has taken responsibility to fashion specific courses for students to learn Chinese language. This will also help them in the future, particularly in view of the key role that China is now playing in the world economy and technology development in Pakistan.
Mian Kashif also said, ‘the industries operating in FIEDMC’s economic zones would have immediate access to high-quality infrastructure, uninterrupted power supply, public facilities and support services along with simpler ease of doing business’.
TEVTA Chairman, Ali Salman, then vowed that TEVTA would fully cooperate with FIEDMC for the provision of quality training to the youth. He also announced that they plan on cooperating with FIEDMC for the technical and vocational sector in multiple ways. They openly offered to teach any course currently available at TEVTA institutes in Punjab.
Ali Salman, then proceeded to appreciate the efforts of FIEDMC for providing state-of-the-art facilities to industrialists and investors. He believes that SEZs would advance in economic connectivity and regional cooperation which would have far reaching positive impact on the country’s prosperity.