WOMEN VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER
Women, apart from there age category, lack access to financial resources with limited opportunities to gain education and skills that can lead to economic advancement. Skills learning is vital for women to earn and grow, particularly in this era of economic integration. RYWO established Vocational Training Centre to transform the women into productive members of society by building their vocational skills and aligning them to the needs of the labor market as vocational education for poor household women, is the key to income generation and employment opportunities. The project was launched with financial and in kind support of Social Welfare Department, Punjab and Local Government Department, Rawalpindi.
The objective of the project is to economically empower underprivileged marginalized women by the provision of free vocational training. This increases their employability and trains them for participation in sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction by enhancing their social and economic profile.
Keeping in mind the demands of the beneficiaries, We offer free of cost vocational skill development courses to the women who can not afford to learn these skills due to the associated cost. We have developed the latest vocational training program which has short and long duration vocational courses. The nature of the program is comprehensive and focused on productivity. We assess trainees on a day-to-day basis, and the teachers monitor their weekly progress and learning level individually. Certification is provided to students who pass the final exam. This empowers women economically as it equips them with income generation life-enhancing skills such as sewing and stitching. Some women find jobs at boutiques after completing the courses, some champion their start-ups, and some start stitching clothes at home to earn money or start tailoring class from their homes.
To date, RYWO has trained up to 1200 women, as we believe improving women’s human capital is a vital step towards economic empowerment. The project demonstrates that through the provision of hard and soft skills, in the form of vocational and entrepreneurial training, RYWO has positively impacted women’s economic empowerment and has improved their business knowledge and engagement in entrepreneurial activities. Making the timing and the location of classes convenient for the women have helped to ensure good take-up and a high level of satisfaction for overall training experiences.
"I like the idea of having my own business. The best thing about this is that I can run it from my house and that there aren't specific hours. I can work anytime."
(Suraiya, a 22-year-old woman from Rawalpindi who started sewing business from home.)