“Since, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its projects like SEZs and EPZs have the likelihood of bringing forth employment opportunities and decent levels of earning fortunes for our unemployed and unskilled youth and may give secured alternates to the prevalent precarious and non-secure jobs in the current labor markets of the province. SEZs and EPZs are assumed to have substantial likely impacts on economic growth and social transformation and may promise jobs creation to accommodate the growing youth population of Balochistan.
This study will focus on identification of relevant human resource skills and to critically map out technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system and its skills set that are probably be needed for the needs of specific industrial occupations of different industries on three selected Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) of Bostan, Gawadar and Hub areas in Balochistan. The study will also give a reference mechanism to comprehensively augment the supply and demand aspects of TVET skills, its identification and its mapping from diverse stakeholders of TVET system to empirically give evidence of TVET skills provision that are demanded in labor markets as future guiding tools for human resource planning specific to industrial development in Balochistan.
The mixed research methods approach will be employed in different phases of desk-top survey and field survey to include focus group discussions, employers’ survey, and survey from TVET qualified individuals with the help two sets of questionnaires via purposeful sampling technique for accomplishing the objectives of this study. The outcome of this research endeavor will bring forth empirical, industry demand oriented and labor market based TVET skills mapping and human resource planning for job creation for unemployed youth (i.e., population age group of 15-29 years) as socio-economic policy implications for the province of Balochistan.”