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Corporate Philanthropy Summit 2016

Corporate Philanthropy Summit
Missing in Action: Corporate Support for Skill Development

Karachi, June 1: Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) organized a Corporate Philanthropy Summit on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Movenpick Hotel. This annual corporate networking event focused on the theme ‘Missing in Action: Corporate Support for Skill Development’. With all major stakeholders on board, the discussion revolved around the need of delivering corporate social responsibility for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for youth in Pakistan. 
Mr. Brian Heath, US Consul General Karachi graced the event with his presence as Chief Guest. The evening commenced with the welcome speech of Mr. Sami Ullah Arain, Manager Centre Operations – iACT and with a key note session by Farhad Karamally, Chief Executive Officer, Funverks followed by a panel discussion. 

Mr. Farhad Karamally highlighted the problems of Pakistani youth and on their positive attitudes towards those problems.

While reflecting over how to better align and integrate the efforts of different stakeholders involved in delivering vocational training to youth, the panel discussion specifically aimed at defining a role for the corporate sector in improving the overall output of TVET institutions and providing better employment opportunities for youth in service/commercial sector. 

Meanwhile, the role of TVET Reform Support Program in Pakistan was also appreciated.

It was strongly suggested that there should be a group or committee who should work to bring corporate industry and government organizations under one roof to support vocational training programs.

The esteemed panelists for the event included Mr. Wasif A. Rizvi, Chief Executive Officer, Habib University Foundation, Mr. Michael Paulo, Head C-5, TVET Reform Support Programme, Mr. Parvez Ghayas, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Motor Company Ltd., Mr. Saad Amanullah, former CEO-Gillete Pakistan and Mr. Shahbaz Islam, AGM Corporate Communication, Sui Southern Gas Company. 
While talking about inception of iACT, Mr. Wasif A. Rizvi shared some of the successes achieved by the institute in offering subsidized career and skill development training to deserving youth, creating a strong basis for corporate support for TVET in future. 
Mr. Parvez Ghayas followed suit and elaborated more on how industries and corporate services can support TVET in providing employment opportunities to trained youth. 
All valued guests and partner companies were received the shields.
Mr. Shahbaz Islam, AGM Corporate Communication, SSGC said it’s a collective responsibility of all organizations to provide the better training and opportunities to youth. 
“Skill development is crucial if we want to create employment opportunities for youth, and not just on the technical side. We have to pave way for youth to enter service sector, a sector which contributes over 50% to the GDP,” said Mr. Faheem Bukhari, Head Projects, Habib University Foundation in his closing speech. 

He further said that iACT provides the educational opportunities along with the job placement facility to the under privileged youth. 

iACT is a not-for-profit career development centre that offers subsidized, innovative and futuristic career and skill based education. Established in 2008, iACT is a public-private partnership initiative between Habib University Foundation and the Local Government. It is registered with Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) and Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA).