LAHORE - Punjab Skills Development Fund organised a contract signing ceremony at Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture Auditorium on Thursday. The event was organised to award contracts worth Rs 400 million to 31 technical/vocational training organisations. These technical providers will offer demand-driven training facilities to around 17,000 trainees from four targeted districts in 71 sectors. The ceremony started with a welcome note by PSDF CEO Ali Sarfraz who briefed the participants about the progress of newly launched training product Skills for Employability and gave a detailed presentation on contract process. The ceremony was attended by Department for International Development Advisor Sarah Saeed, Salima Hashmi and representatives of different technical training providers. On the occasion, PSDF CEO Ali Sarfraz said while following a competitive model, PSDF was procuring services from private and public sector training organisations for providing skills and vocational training opportunities to the poor and vulnerable population of four districts of Southern Punjab including Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzzafargarh. These trainings would be imparted by training organizations under PSDFs first product 'Skills for Employability. The programme is aimed at to train 17,000 eligible candidates including one-third females from the targeted districts, he added. Ali Sarfraz said that the PSDF had already been providing vocational training in 6 model villages of MuzaffargarhBasti Meeran Mullah, Basti Khara Niazi Wala, Rakh Jhal Wala, Bhulla Mouza, Aaloo Rid Gujrat, Khara Nawa and Rakhehsanpur.