PSDF is the largest skills development fund in Pakistan, set up by the Government of the Punjab in collaboration with The Department for International Development (DFID – UK Aid). PSDF also manages the skills training funding provided by the World Bank. It funds trainings for over 100,000 youth every year in 250+ demand-driven trades through an ecosystem of 500+ training partners, primarily from the industry and private sector training providers.
PSDF’s purpose is to shape the future and well-being of poor and vulnerable youth by giving them access to skills training of the highest standard so they can find sustainable employment and income-generating opportunities in Pakistan and beyond.
PSDF started its operations in the 4 poorest districts of Punjab. Since 2016, The geographical remit has expanded to the entire 36 districts of Punjab. PSDF has trained almost 425,000+ underprivileged youth across Punjab, which includes 250,000+ male and 175,000+ female graduates.
PSDF has played a leadership role in creating a skills training market with 90% training partners in the private sector. Over 500+ training partners deliver training on behalf of PSDF, out of which over 150+ are businesses across 10 sectors. PSDF has adopted an output-based funding mechanism where it funds contract-to-completion outputs as well as completion-to-income generation outcomes.
PSDF serves as the National Secretariat for the Parwaaz-National Accelerator on Closing the Skills Gap in Pakistan.