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KP Caretaker Minister Lauds Collaboration with Overseas Employment Corporation

PESHAWAR: The caretaker minister for Technical Education, Industries, Commerce, and Newly Merged Districts Affairs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Aamer Abdullah, has commended the joint initiative between the provincial government and the Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) for Korean language training. He emphasized the significance of this collaboration, stating that it opens doors for the region's workforce to access numerous opportunities in various professional and technical fields in Korea. Dr. Abdullah expressed confidence that, as a result of this effort, hundreds of trained individuals from the province would secure honorable employment in the Korean market annually.During a visit to the Government Technical and Vocational Centre (GTV) in Peshawar, the minister proposed the establishment of a provincial organization or cell, modelled after the OEC, under the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA). This proposed setup aims to explore more opportunities for skilled professionals from the province in foreign countries, offering support throughout the necessary stages, including assistance in sending graduates from technical training institutions abroad.Dr. Abdullah also took notice of various trades classes at the college and, during the visit, suspended the absent college accountant and demanded an explanation.Sohail Khan, the coordinator of the OEC at the regional office, informed the minister that South Korea annually requires around 4, 000 skilled workers from Pakistan, including approximately 600 individuals from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He highlighted the importance of language courses in Korean, a prerequisite for skilled workers, and their two-month duration under the OEC Centre.The joint effort between the federal institution and the provincial department of technical education involves the provincial institution providing space for the training center while the federal institution conducts the training activities.The minister, while appreciating the initiative during the visit, expressed the plan to establish a provincial-level institution, mirroring the Overseas Employment Corporation under TEVTA. He directed the regional coordinator to provide a concept paper regarding the adoption of this program in TEVTA.