A graduation ceremony for Skills Development Training Program was held in Peshawar Tuesday and total 85 youth were facilitated in a 6-month long training of Hospitality Management under USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalization Program (FERP).

Mr Bakhtiyar Khan DG of Projects, Tribal Districts, was the chief guest along with senior management of USAID, UNDP, Hashoo Foundation, Hashoo Hunar and FERP trainees, trainers from Hashoo Foundation also attended the graduation ceremony at PC Hotel in Peshawar.

The chief guest appreciated the efforts of UNDP & Hashoo Foundation and requested them to introduce more tourism training programs and increase the Hospitality Training program for the young generation of FATA.

This was second batch of the high quality training organized by Hashoo Foundation. Among the trainees, 66 were trained at special training centres of Hashoo Foundation Peshawar and 19 were trained in Rawalpindi. The first phase of the program was successfully completed in December 2019.

The 6 months training of Hospitality Management Program consisted of two main specializations; reception operation and professional cooking. The training consisted of theory, classroom-style sessions, site visits, face-to-face conversations with industry professionals and hands-on training at five-star hotels system in Peshawar, Rawalpindi. The 85 graduated trainees of Hospitality Management shared their experience of how they upgraded their skills to international standards through significant hands-on training with industry professionals.

The target was to upskill the 200 young generations of FATA in the Hospitality Management Program and 159 trainees were passed out at the end of this project under USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalization Programme. The Skill Development Training is part of the USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme, implemented by UNDP, that aims to provide sustainable livelihood and income-generating opportunities to returnees, leading to long-term economic growth and contributing to resilience and economic revitalisation of Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

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