ICM links up with Pakistan’s Skill Development Council in Punjab

9:15am GMT, Monday, 8 October 2007

ICM is working with the Skill Development Council in the Punjab province.

New partnerships with Pakistan are continuing to develop with the recent signing of a Memorandom of Understanding (MOU) between ICM and the Skill Development Council (SDC) in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province.

Established in 1995 by the Pakistan Government’s Ministry of Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis, the SDC aims to ensure that technical, vocational education and training in Pakistan is demand-driven, flexible, cost-effective, and essentially, delivered through the participation of employers.

It was created with the assistance of the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan. Operating in Punjab, it has over 250 approved centres and certifies over 100 courses.

SDC Chief Executive, Mr. Serat Mehdi, welcomed ICM and assured his support in the promotion of ICM courses across the province and the rest of the country. He has actively been involved in the delivery of demand-driven training across the province of Punjab for over 10 years.

ICM Regional Coordinator for Pakistan, Moazam Shahbaz, said: “The Skill Development Council and its centres are already doing a very good job in the province by offering demand-driven training. Delivering ICM’s globally recognised courses will help the SDC to produce individuals excellently prepared for supervisory level positions in many different sectors.”