Customer Name: Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA)
Industry: Government Agency
TEVTA is a technical and educational authority founded by the Government of Punjab. It aims to create equal employment opportunities for Pakistan’s workforce by training them in market-oriented technical and vocational skills.
Challenge: Lack of Entrepreneurship Training
TEVTA dedicates itself to providing vocational skills to Pakistan’s workforce to reduce unemployment. These vocational skills include handicrafts, - and -. By acquiring these skills, students are able to find employment, without paying hefty fees for formal education. While TEVTA is able to give them these vocational skills, it realized the need to encourage greater management and leadership skills within its students so they could promote themselves in the job market.
Without these essential skills, students lacked the ability to recognize commercial opportunities, commercialize concepts, manage resources, and initiate business ventures.
Solution: Providing Innovative Training Pedagogies
This is where EDTW with its penchant for innovative and immersive training pedagogies stepped in. It provided entrepreneurship training to 52 students. This training focused on developing their confidence, inculcating communication skills and critical thinking. By complementing their existing vocational skills with entrepreneurial skills, EDTW encouraged them to broaden the scope of possibilities by imagining, innovating and creating.
Results: Entrepreneurial Breakthroughs
As a result of this training, the students competed in a competition held by EDTW, where they had to present their projects based on 3D printing, home security systems and waste disposal. This competition included students from the top universities of Pakistan, including IBA, Bahauddin Zakaria Univeristy and University of Karachi. Despite the odds, two of the companies proposed by students of TEVTA were among the top four performers at the competition. The students’ excellent performance shows how the innovative entrepreneurial training is very important to commercializing small-businesses.