Female TVET talents move from institute-based learning to workplace-based training at Siemens

“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men”

(Quaid-I-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah – founder of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan). In 2024, the obstacles hindering young women’s access to technical trades remain notably high. Germany maintains its commitment to empowering women pursuing opportunities in traditionally male-dominated sectors. The Shana Bashana initiative has initiated a shift in perspective, demonstrating that women can excel in technical trades within the infrastructure and construction domains. Partners acknowledge the necessity of addressing systemic barriers while recognizing the potential of a female workforce.

With support of Ms Gulmina Bilal Ahmad, chairperson NAVTTC, the German-funded and GIZ-implemented Global Project Education (Build4Skills) in partnership with SIEMENS Pakistan and The Hunar Foundation honoured their joint initiative “Shana Bashana”. TVET experts, decision-makers and private sector representatives met on 16th May in Karachi to acknowledge 44 young women. They successfully graduated from an Institute-Based Learning (IBT) at The Hunar Foundation (THF) in two trades: Logistics & Supply Chain and AutoCAD. Subsequently, these female TVET students will be placed for 6 weeks of Workplace-Based Training (WBT) at SIEMENS Pakistan in the coming months.

To support the girls in a smooth transition to the job market, the cooperation provided toolkits pertaining to the respective trades.

Mr. Muhammad Daniyal, Managing Director of Siemens Pakistan, appreciated the efforts by all “stakeholders for making this initiative possible and encouraged the female participants to strive for their dreams and stand side by side with men in all trades and sectors.”

Mr. Sharjeel Farooq Malik, Project Manager, GIZ, directly addressed the young women: “You are the enablers, who challenge systemic limitations and institutionalized discrimination – so that alleged choices become actual choices.”

Ms. Gulmina Bilal Ahmad, Chairperson NAVTTC said “Only by setting promising examples, we can de-construct stereotypes or false assumptions about a gender and someone’s abilities. NAVTTC’s “Skills for All – Strategy” means skills for ALL(!): this includes women just as much as it includes men.””

In closing remarks, Mr. Ruediger Lotz, Consul General, German Consulate Karachi said “Skills are a tool, skills empower and skills are not location bound. They shape you as a human being and enable you to be a citizen that contributes to its country’s development.”

GIZ’s Global Project Education (Buils4Skills) is a globally operating project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Under this project, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GIZ have formed a strategic partnership united in the belief that infrastructure measures hold an untapped potential for work-place based training (WBT). The project is operating small-scale interventions in Pakistan, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal.

About the German Cooperation

The German development cooperation has been supporting the Pakistani Government initiatives for over 60 years. We work together with our Pakistani partners to support their socio-economic reform agenda. Our work aims at mitigating the negative impacts of climate change, reducing poverty by promoting economic growth and creating jobs, fostering social cohesion, and strengthening social protection and local governance.

Our work contributes towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and is implemented in line with the Pakistani-German cooperation agreements.

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