The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) Friday launched “Digital jobs through Advanced Digital Skill in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” a program to prepare the youth of the province for the highly paid and demanded job opportunities throughout the world.
KPITB Launches New Program To Prepare Youth For Job Opportunities
The Chairman KPITB Dr. Shahbaz Khan, representatives of partner organizations including USAID, UNDP, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Big Data Analytics, Organizing Digital Talent Expo, Abacus Consulting and DICE Analytic and VaporVM participated the ceremony held in the Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad.
It was revealed on the occasion that the digital skills that the youth is learning at educational institutes now may not be relevant by the time they enter the working world. The multitude of digital skills required in the market continues to grow whereas these skills are scarce in the market.
This scarcity of such digital talent in the market is a major challenge to the employers in hiring the right people these days. The KPITB believe in revolutionizing the digital economy of KP by equipping the youth with the digital skills of the future.
For achieving this, UNDP has partnered with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) on its flagship KP Youth Employment Program to develop a cadre of experts on key advanced and highly demanded skills of the market such as cloud computing and data analytics through training 1200 youth of which at least 30 percent seats will be reserved for women.
The program has been prepared in a way that its scope for these digital skills in both local and global market is very high, and is in accordance with the need of the day. Experts in the above-mentioned advance digital skills are very highly paid and taking them on board in developing a larger pool of digital talent may prove to be expensive.
It was promised that to cope with this, KPITB along with UNDP will develop through this program a cohort of trainers, who after completion of their globally recognized certifications will join KPYEP team and impart these advanced digital skills to 1800 youth of the province.
The broad objectives of the program included delivery of training to youth on digital skills lime Amazon Web Services [AWS Foundation, AWS Solutions Architect – Associate], Microsoft Azure [MCSD: Web Applications], and Big Data Analytics [Cloudera Certified Associate (CCA Data Analyst)]. A total of 1200 youth will be provided the training in the first phase. They will be provided mentorship to the trainees for their certifications.