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OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS FOUNDATION

Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, Government Of Pakistan

As per Memorandum and Article of Association, OPF was “to establish, maintain or aid vocational training institutions for providing training in such trades as are in demand overseas”. Accordingly, OPF established Training Division in 1980. Since its inception, OPF Training Division have trained 60,000 persons in various training centers of OPF as well as through public/private partnership in various trades such as Earth Moving / Construction Machinery, Electrician, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning, Tracer, Civil Draftsman, Quantity Surveyor, Electronics / TV Mechanic, Carpenter, Mason, Plumber, Welder / steel Fixer trades and IT skills. However, OPF Vocational Training Program was discontinued on the advice of BOG in its 102nd meeting held on 16-10-2006. Accordingly, all Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) were closed.

PERIOD OF OPERATION NAME OF OPF TRAINING INSTITUTION / OTHER TRAINING INSTITUTE NAME OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM NUMBER OF TRAINEES TRAINED
1980-2000 OPF Polytrade Schools (PTSs), Karachi, Islamabad, Swat, Peshawar, Mirpur, Kotli (AJK) and Chakwal. OPF Regular Vocational Training Program, Prime Minister’s Special Training Program. 57,000
1994-1996 Vocational Training School Projects: Khangarh, Layyah, Hafizabad, Dherki, Rattodero, Gawadar and Faqirwali.
2001-2006 OPF Polytrade Schools (PTSs) Peshawar, Swat and IT Centre Quetta. Revamped OPF Vocational Training Program. 2000
2003 National University of Modern languages (NUML), Islamabad. Pakistan Institutes of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. Capacity Building Program for Trained Nurses. 179
February,2005 – April,2005 Construction Machinery Training Institute (CMTI) Rawalpindi. Training for Earth Moving Machinery Operator. 60
July,2013 till to date OPF Vocational Training Centre, Peshawar Direct Training Program, Collaborative Training Program with NAVTCC, FDA and TUSDEC. 487
Grand Total 59,726

BRIEF

During the meeting of BOG held on 03-05-2013 the matter again came under discussion. After detailed deliberations, the BOG resolved to re-activate OPF Vocational Training Centre (VTC, Peshawar in OPF’s own building. Since reactivation of OPF Vocational Training Program in July, 2013, about 276 persons have been trained till 5th August, 2016, through OPF direct Vocational Training Program, Partially funded by FATA Development Authority (FDA) & National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). In addition to that, about 211 persons were also trained in collaboration with other institutes such as Technology Up-gradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). Currently training in only two trades i.e. Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning and Electrician is being imparted at OPF VTC Peshawar.

On 1st December, 2016 the Training Division was renamed as “Research, Training & Policy Reforms Division (RTPR)” will works on two directions simultaneously i.e. conducting Research on issues/policies related to diaspora and development of the organization. The core objectives are to analyze changing role of Pakistani Diaspora, compiling profiles of prominent Overseas Pakistanis, establishment of OPF library and joint research with different think-tanks and international organizations.

FUTURE STRATEGY

  • OPF intends to establish new vocational training centres (VTCs), one each in Sindh, Baluchistan, Gilgit Baltistan and AJK to impart training to the youth of the country in demand driven skills / trades in Gulf Countries. Keeping in view the limited financial resources, OPF will make efforts to seek financial and technical support of donor agencies.
  • Efforts will be made to guide the OPF trained persons for seeking overseas employment as well as procedures involved.
  • OPF will impart Vocational Training to Overseas Pakistanis Children in prominent technical training centre in Pakistan.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. OPF Direct Vocational Training Program

    After reactivation of OPF Vocational Training Program in 2013, 276 trainees (including 145 from FATA, 28 referred by NAVTTC and 103 through direct training program) were trained at OPF VTC Peshawar for six (06) months duration course in two trades i.e. Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning (RAC) and Electrical up to June, 2017.

  2.  OPF Collaborative Vocational Training Program
    1. OPF Training Division Trained 127 students in various construction industry and home appliances maintenance and repairing trades in collaboration with NLC Applied Technologies institute, Dina (Jhelum), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and Technology Up-gradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC).
    2. Trained 84 youth from KPK technical training institutes in various market oriented skills in collaboration with Technology Up-gradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC).