E-rozgaar – Preparing Youth for Gig Economy

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Innovative ideas create amazing results. Punjab IT Board’s bold initiative of investing into the future of youth through skill enhancement has brought wonders. A total of 100 students graduated in the first batch this week from Chief Minister’s e-rozgaar programme. Off those a little over 50% were females.

Saad Hamid and I were invited for a “Fireside Chat” during their graduation ceremony. The focus of our chat was “How to Monetize using Open Source”. We not only discussed open source but also shared insights on how to transition from freelancers into becoming successful entrepreneurs. The questions probed by students were really thoughtful and the session was thoroughly enjoyable. I am also part of the steering committee of the programme and therefore I do get a chance to get more deeply involved.

fireside chat with atif mumtaz and saad hamid

Atif Mumtaz (L) & Saad Hamid (R) at Fireside Chat

What makes this program special is that it empowers the youth to earn their living as independent tech workers in the fast growing global gig economy. Effectively, making them employers of the future rather than job seekers. Within this short time a few of have had success on Fivr and Upwork, generating incomes above PKR 100,000. Amazing!

In the first round, the program was run at various university campuses across Punjab. The universities included University of Punjab, UET Texila, Lahore College for Woman University, and University of Gujrat among others. The students were selected on merit and everyone was allowed to apply, including current students and alumni.

The trainers of the programme were not just professional instructors but actual freelancers who are generating high 5 figure income. The tips and tricks that they imparted cannot be taught by any instructor who has not done gig as a freelancer before. This decision to choose successful freelancers to train has really paid off in a big way for e-rozgaar program.

e-rozgaar graduatesThe goal of the Chief Minister’s e-rozgaar program run by Punjab IT Board, under Chairman Dr. Umar Saif, is to train 10,000 skilled workforce within the first year. And what we saw from the first batch, it seems the program is well on its way to transforming the lives of youth in rural and small towns across Punjab. Kudos to the team at PITB for making this happen.

You can learn more about this program at their Facebook page.

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One Response to E-rozgaar – Preparing Youth for Gig Economy

  1. Rahila says:

    Awesome !

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