While the global economy remains in a rather lackluster phase, university graduates seeking well-paying jobs continue to be on the rise. This has not only led to fierce competition for limited vacancies around the globe, it has also somewhat added to the unemployment rate. More and more graduates are finding it hard to find decent jobs despite have remarkable credentials and respected degrees. But as university graduates increase in number, the skilled workforce around the world continues to shrink. This is partly due to rapid automation in the industrial sector and partly because no one is really opting for vocational trainings that lead to several high-paying jobs.

Following an approval from Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government will be offering free vocational training to financially disadvantaged students in Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) institutes across the province.

Presiding over a meeting the other day, Khattak also sanctioned the creation of the new post titled TEVTA chief executive officer. He also ordered officials of TEVTA and KP Economic Zone and Development Management Committee (EZDMC) to work together to execute the government’s plans of setting up vocational institutes in industrial zones across the province.

Khattak said his government lay great focus on producing skilled human resource through vocational training centers, adding that affairs of these institutes must conform to best practices of merit and transparency. The CM said the institutes’ officials should make haste while awarding certificates to successful candidates and should also assist graduates land jobs according to their respective expertise.

The meeting also considered a revision in TEVTA’s proposed budget for the year 2017-18.