Transcript of "2013 05 16 plan profits afghan private sector"
A training session underwayPlan Profits Afghan Private SectorMuch hope is invested ina program thatconcentrates onAfghanistan’s small butburgeoning privatesectorUSAID/AWDPThe program givesgrants to providers ofbusiness, technicaland vocationaleducation and thegrantees are requiredto create bespokecourses for privatecompanies’ workersZoya Hemat is a client assistant at a private bank in Kabul. Tillrecently, says the 22-year-old, she was acutely aware that shelacked the skills to deal with any and every problem that cameup in the workday. “I was only equipped to handle some of theclients, the rest I had to refer to my senior colleagues,” shesays.No longer. Zoya was picked to take part in a special trainingprogram that focuses on developing the competence and capa-bility of private sector workers in line with their employers’ re-quirements.The training, supported by USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce De-velopment Program (AWDP), concentrates on the needs of thecountry’s small but burgeoning private sector. The programgives grants to providers of business, technical and vocationaleducation. The grantees are required to create bespoke cours-es for workers in line with the needs articulated by their privatesector employers.The scheme has been well received.“Finally, a program that targets the needs of private sectorcompanies. Until now, all interventions invested in the workers’not employers’ needs. (But this program) creates a supply oflabor that contributes to the growth of key economic sectorsthroughout Afghanistan,” said a manager at Moby Group, oneof Afghanistan’s largest media companies.Zoya says that the training has helped her grow in professionalcompetence. “After attending the project management training,I no longer need to rely on my supervisors. I am capable ofmanaging my time and skills in a much better way than before.”