Women Welfare Centre, Sui

Economic independence is the keystone for empowering women and expanding livelihood options for marginalized families. PPL promotes women entrepreneurship by building capacity for livelihood generation. To this end, the company has supported the Women Welfare Centre (WWC) at Sui since 2006.

The centre is located in a building provided by PPL and currently managed by the Frontier Corps. WWC accepts young women who are unable to complete their formal education and are interested in learning vocational skills to enhance their income potential.

In order to provide a more conducive environment with quality teaching and learning facilities, WWC is being shifted to a new facility within the premises of a school run by Taaleem Foundation, a local civil society organization providing education to women in Balochistan, that will also manage and operate the centre.

Funded by PPL, the facility has purpose-built classrooms for cooking, baking, stitching, embroidery, painting and computer training, together with an auditorium and recreational area for children and WWC students. The company has provided equipment and furnishing for the new premises together with operational costs, including staff salaries, stipends and teaching material.

Technical Training Centre, Daultala

Technical Training Centre at Daultala (TTCD), located near PPL’s Adhi Field, was founded in 1978 by the Government of Punjab under the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority to enhance vocational capacity for livelihood generation among young men unable to complete their education.

The courses offered at the centre include woodwork and carving, electrical work, motor winding, automobile mechanics, welding, tailoring and plumbing. Between eight to nine trainees are enrolled in each course.

PPL has supported TTC since the early 1990s. In 1992, an electrical workshop was constructed, followed a year later by a similar facility for training automobile mechanics. Later, PPL also constructed carpentry and computer workshops at the centre. The workshops built by PPL can each accommodate 20 trainees.

Technical Training Centre, Sui

Established by the Government of Balochistan (GoB) in 1992, the Technical Training Centre at Sui (TTCS) commenced its operations in 1994 when it held training classes for a few months. However, due to the law and order situation, TTCS remained closed for over five years, resuming operations in late 2000 under the administration of the Ministry of Industries and Labour (MIL), GoB.

Presently, TTCS offers a one-year certificate course in automobile mechanics, electrical work and electronics and welding. The centre is supervised by a principal with a staff of six instructors to train 90 students enrolled at the centre, with approximately 30 in each course.

In November 2003, PPL signed an agreement with GoB’s Ministry of Labour and Manpower (MLM, MIL’s new name) to adopt (operate and support) the institute through a Central Management Committee, comprising representatives from the provincial and local government, TTCS administration and the company. In accordance with the terms of agreement, the TTCS building, equipment, furniture, assets and staff is the property of MLM while PPL provides regular support for training, purchase of office furniture, workshop equipment and infrastructure maintenance. 

In 2009, PPL started a scholarship scheme, covering tuition and monthly stipend plus one-time grant, for top ten students of TTCS to pursue diploma-level studies at recognized polytechnic institutes across the country. The scheme was extended to top 15 students in 2011 when five additional candidates from electronics were included to the equal number of benefiting participants each from automobile mechanics and electrical trades. 

So far, 35 students have benefitted through this scheme.

Heavy Transport Vehicle Drivers’ Training Scheme

To provide sustainable income-generation opportunities for men belonging to local communities living around its operational areas, PPL organizes a 12-week training scheme for Heavy Transport Vehicle (HTV) drivers at National Logistic Cell’s Driving School at Dina, Jhelum.

To date, 108 males living around PPL-operated producing assets have been trained under this scheme.

Women Vocational Training Centre, Mastala

Based on the overwhelming response to WWC in Sui and needs assessment of local women in Mastala, PPL established a Women Vocational Training Centre (WVTC) near its Adhi Field in September 2011. The centre is operated by a non-governmental organization Help in Need (HIN) which has vast expertise in managing similar project across the country. 

WVTC focuses on training women in tailoring, hand and machine embroidery and cooking. Besides, WVTC also runs a literacy programme for basic skills enhancement in reading, writing and mathematics to enable women to market their products. The centre also has a play area with childcare facilities to sustain and increase enrollment.

The centre enrolls about 80 local women in each batch. So far, approximately 300 women have benefitted from WVTC since its inception.