The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Science and Information Technology (KPSIT) department will be training 25,000 men and women in the province in advanced digital skills in the next two years at a cost of PKR3 billion.
The training will be provided through KPSIT’s new startup project, initiated to provide IT trainings to people of the province. Under the same project, the KP government had earlier trained 3,000 women in digital skills, with an aim to help them start their own businesses in the province.
The support for that training was provided by the World Bank (WB) and the cost of the training sessions was PKR840 million.
Now, at a cost of PKR3 billion, the KP IT department will provide training to 25,000 more individuals.
In this regard, the Minister for Science and Technology, Atif Khan, said that practical steps are being taken to empower women economically. The provincial government has so far completed training of 15 companies under the startup project, Atif khan said, adding that 10 out of these 15 companies have been registered with the Security and Exchange Commission Pakistan (SECP).
Additionally, the KP government will also be establishing three special technology zones (STZs) to create employment opportunities in science and technology field. The zones will be constructed in Mardan, Haripur and Peshawar districts.
Speaking about the IT training provided by KPSIT, Karishma Zakaullah, owner of the Uni Desk Company, said that the trainings provided to women in IT sectors has created employment opportunities for other women. “Currently, women here have a 1 per cent share in business. After training, we have received PKR1.5 million in career scale training for school children,” she added.
The minister Atif Khan further informed that the digital training project will be launched in tribal districts at a cost of PKR1 billion as soon as security concerns and internet connectivity issues are solved.