CPEC and Employment Opportunities for youth in Pakistan – part 1

BrightSpyre.com organized CPEC career summit in partnership with Air University and Obortunity on 15th November 2018. 64% of the population of Pakistan is less than 29 years of age. 30% of the population is in the age group of 15-29 years – these people are actively looking for career opportunities or will be in their first job in this time-period. Human resource development by improving the quality of education and skills necessary to meet the demands of the job-market is equally important as the investment into the infrastructure related projects.

In Pakistan, 50 million children go to school each day with a promise of good work future for them. 1.6 million people enter into the employment market that are looking for their first job. To cater to this demand, a steady growth in the economy is needed along with the up-skilling the workforce.

The common statement about CPEC is that CPEC with an investment of more than $59 billion; is about building roads and rail infrastructure, energy generation, development of Gwadar and development of SEZ. Infrastructure projects are important to link the people and create new opportunities for trade and ease of movement. Energy projects are important in supporting all other sectors of the economy that requires energy to create, deliver products and services.

At BrightSpyre.com, where we connect people with jobs and work opportunities, we found that the very important aspect of CPEC is about up-skilling Pakistani youth along with provision of new employment opportunities. Pakistan has its first mass-scale power production by coal in Sahiwal and Port Qasim, first large installations of renewable energy in Bahawalpur and many other new forms of projects; all of these projects provide an opportunity for our workforce to acquire and diverse skill sets along with job opportunities. Once people are more and diversely skilled, many new forms of opportunities open for them in local and global markers.

In every one of the CPEC projects, Pakistani workforce is being provided specialized and on-job training, and is being imparting skill sets that were never taught in universities or vocational training institutes. With CPEC projects in full swing, laborers are being turned into efficient laborers, vocational training graduates are getting employed in new industries, and engineers are being provided training’s and new skill sets with jobs.

  • 52,000 direct jobs have been created through six CPEC and related road infrastructure projects. The average ratio of employment of Chinese to Pakistani workforce is 1:18.
  • 60,000 direct jobs in energy sector.
  • 1.2 million future job opportunities in special economic zones.

2 thoughts on “CPEC and Employment Opportunities for youth in Pakistan – part 1

  1. A good step and keep it up. There is too much unemployment in Pakistan esp. on technical side (engineers). The blog says 52000 direct jobs were created but we don’t know how these all things are going and people making figures. Being Civil Engineers we were hoping that we will get jobs in CPEC projects but since my graduation in 2016, I never heard of any relayed jobs in CPEC . I think these jobs are only of laborers and the technical and good jobs are all specificied for chinese.

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