Lahore, Punjab Pakistan (PressExposure) January 17, 2008 -- Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) is planning to initiate a skill mapping project to identify the quantitative and qualitative skill shortages being faced by Pakistan's economy.
According to a spokesman of the company here Wednesday ,the exercise will seek out the challenges, map opportunities and prescribe workable policy solution to meet skill deficit and enhance capacities and capabilities of manpower to meet the future economic needs on on a sustainable basis. A pilot project is being launched in Lahore district with a special focus towards the Automotive Sector.
The pilot project will help identify and map the skills of manpower employed in the autoparts vending sector of the automobile industry. The spokesman hoped that the identification of the quantitative shortage of skills will provide information on the sectors where there is a scarcity of required skills. While identifying the qualitative skill shortage, the actual competency level of the workforce employed in different sectors will be compared with the desired level of competency so that the 'skill gap' can be determined.
Referring to Vision 2030, the long term strategy prepared by the government to make Pakistan a knowledge-based economy, the spokesman said that the matching of skills with their demand is one of the issues that need to be tackled to achieve this vision. In Pakistan, the number of people taking vocational and technical education after school is as low as 3% as compared to over 70% in the European Union and 40% in Korea.
TUSDEC has already launched projects including National Institute of Design and Analysis (NIDA), Lahore and CAD/CAM centres in Karachi, Sialkot, Quetta and Peshawar and Skill development Centres in earthquake hit areas of NWFP and Azad Kashmir.