Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the country’s largest ever skill development programme, ‘Hunermand Jawan’, on Thursday, aimed at emancipation of the youth through quality professional training.

The programme will be carried out in the next four years, costing Rs 30 billion and will facilitate youth through easy loans, professional capacity-building, start-ups and internships.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, while chairing a pre-launch meeting of ‘Hunermand Jawan’ on Wednesday termed youth an ‘asset of nation’ and said the programme would help youth get better job opportunities and contribute to national development. Stressing improvement in formal education, he said there was also a need to liaise technical and professional skills with needs of market.

He regretted that due to lack of standardisation of education and professional skills, youth faced difficulties in getting better job opportunities.

On promotion of technical and professional education in academic institutions, the prime minister said utilisation of technology would provide effective solution to several challenges of the country.

Imran Khan said inability of qualified youth to get jobs raised question over the quality of technical and professional institutions.

He stressed for the training of youth in advanced technology particularly artificial intelligence for better utilization of their capabilities for national development and also for international institutions.

Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmoud, and Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs, Usman Dar, briefed the prime minister about different aspects of the programme.

‘Hunermand Jawan’ will have technical support of Ministry of Education, National Vocational and Training Centre and Higher Education Commission.

The first phase of ‘Hunermand Jawan’ will span over 20 months, costing Rs10 billion (Dh236,987) with the objective of preparing them as a useful workforce in accordance with international standards. The programme will also develop linkages with international organisations to generate more employment opportunities for Pakistani youth.

In first phase, around 170,000 youth will be given professional skill-based training, of which 50,000 will be trained in areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing and other advanced areas of technology.

As many as 50,000 youth will be given training at Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) in conventional areas including auto-mechanics, plumbing etc. Twenty thousand youth will be given apprenticeship, where as 50,000 will be awarded certificates in recognition of skilled knowledge.

The prime minister was updated that a National Accreditation Council will be established and the 2,000 centres affiliated with TEVTA will be accredited. Standardization of professional training will be done to ensure uniformity of syllabus across the country.

Around 75 smart class rooms will be set up to ensure easy access to skill and professional education besides provision of such training at 70 Madaris.

Five Centres of Excellence will also be established in collaboration with friendly countries. Also, departments of TEVTA will be affiliated with other countries. To ensure provision of jobs to youth, the prime minister was briefed over the start-up programmes.


will be used to run the programme over the next four years


youth will be given professional skill-based training in first phase


months for first phase of programme

Rs 10b

to be used in first phase