A contract signing ceremony between Kamata Pakistan and Punjab Skills Development Fund was organized at the PSDF Head Office. On behalf of Kamata Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Saleem, CEO Kamata Pakistan signed the contract with, Mr. Ali Sarfraz, CEO PSDF.
Under the contract, PSDF will share data/profiles of its vocational trainees with Kamata Pakistan for exploring job opportunities. Kamata Pakistan will link these potential employees with employers, thus offering matchmaking services. The collaboration is one of its kinds to open new avenues for the unemployed and new labour market entrants who lack social and informal networks for securing jobs.
Studies reveal that workers skilled in vocational trade have limited access to employment networks restricting their ability to find relevant jobs. On the other hand, employers sometimes face immense difficulties in finding the right worker. Kamata Pakistan has provided a platform for blue collar workers to get access to job opportunities and blue collar employers to choose the best worker from a pool of job seekers. In pursuing its aim, Kamata Pakistan has joined hands with PSDF to open job opportunities for its graduates.
Kamata Pakistan (http://www.kamatapakistan.com) is a web and mobile based start-up dedicated to bringing better job opportunities to the blue-collar (informal) job sector (cooks, technicians, welders, helpers, office boys, factory labour, sales persons etc.) by appropriately connecting with the right employers and job seekers via various digital mediums – website, SMS and social networks. It hence aims to generate livelihoods and reduce unemployment by facilitating the flow of information between the workforce and the employers.
Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) is an initiative of Government of the Punjab set up in collaboration with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Its aim is to improve income generation opportunities and reduce poverty in Southern Districts of Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh by enabling skills development through promotion of a competitive skills training market. At present, more than 26,000 trainees have completed their trainings which were imparted by different training service providers (TSPs) in various trades.