Pakistan is the world’s 4th largest provider of online freelancers with estimated registered number of online freelancers ranging in several hundreds of thousands. Most of the work done is for international clients; therefore money earned by them is brought into the country, mainly as foreign remittances. While accurate data on money brought by freelancers is not available, estimates range from $ 500 Million to $ 1.3 Billion annually. This amount is just a fraction of the country’s potential as, with its large population, increasing internet connectivity, broadband penetration, young and educated youth, thousands of IT graduates and million-plus enrolled university students, Pakistan can increase the number of freelancers manifold. This will help bring invaluable foreign exchange into the country, and more importantly, reduce unemployment as the number of fresh graduates passing out every year is a lot more than the number of new jobs created.
Therefore, this large scale DigiSkills Training Program, which was conceived by the Minister of IT and Telecom, has been launched across the country, to train 1 million people in the future of work using technology. Virtual University of Pakistan has been selected to execute this mega training program under the auspices of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom through Ignite – National Technology Fund.
The DigiSkills Training Program is aimed at equipping our youth, freelancers, students, housewives, professionals, etc. with knowledge, skills, tools & techniques necessary to seize the opportunities available internationally in online marketplaces as well as locally to earn a decent living.
Purpose of DigiSkills Training Program
The DigiSkills Training Program aims at not only developing key specialized skills, but also imparting knowledge about various freelancing and other employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available internationally and locally. Due to limited employment opportunities, it is essential for upcoming workforce to have necessary knowledge and abilities to grab such opportunities.
The program, in general, covers the following areas and wants to increase following in the country:
- To increase the number of freelancers in Pakistan
- To increase household incomes of unemployed youth, students, professionals and freelancers
- To increase IT exports of Pakistan
- To increase the number of experts and professionals in specialized skills
This is envisaged to be achieved through a national level program, which will train target audiences in freelancing and other specialized skills listed below:
- E-Commerce Management
- Digital Marketing
- Digital Literacy
- Graphics Design
- Creative Writing
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Note: The willing applicants need to get their selves register at http://www.digiskills.pk by giving the following details:
- Highest Qualification
How to Join DigiSkills Training Program
1. Go to DigiSkills Website
2. Click on Sign up and Fill out the Registration form
3. After Sign up, you will received an verification email. Verify your email.
4. Now, Sign in into your account
5. After that, Click on “Enroll Now” and select your courses in which you want to get admission
6. Complete your Profile
7. Its done.
We hope you will join DigiSkills Training Program. This is totally free of cost. Learn online courses of your choice and earn online money and this will help to reduce the unemployment in Pakistan.