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Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui

Federal Minister, MoITT

Our vision is to provide training to youth and to people from all walks of life so they can become givers rather than takers, augment their incomes, and contribute to foreign exchange earnings and job creation in the country. If they so desire, people can earn from the comfort and security of their homes. Even people in remote areas where transportation, education and grid electricity infrastructure is not at the level of cities, but where internet connectivity is available, will be able to participate.

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Yusuf Hussain

CEO, Ignite

The future of work is digital, with soft skills like creativity and communications and the gig economy playing more important roles. This is a great opportunity for people with initiative and perseverance to learn marketable intermediary and basic digital skills and earn according to their ability and effort. The DigiSkills program has been designed to keep evolving in response to market demand for skills and trainee feedback, experience and engagement. AI and analytics will be applied to data from multiple real time and secondary sources to gain insights. Future areas for exploration include: Inclusion of more advanced digital skills and other skills, Augmented Reality and AI based training pathways, data transparency to crowd source expert opinion, support for the disabled, career and job/task support, and the creation of a life-long learning portal.

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Naeem Tariq

Rector, Virtual University

The global job market is rapidly evolving and it is almost impossible to predict what type of skills will be in demand 5 years from now. As a result, lifelong learning has become imperative for any viable workforce. One important aspect of this future oriented job-market is the digital nature of most services that will be required. The younger generations, being digital natives, can now identify new avenues and areas where they could thrive, either as revenue earners or even as entrepreneurs.

The DigiSkills project that is being executed by the Virtual University of Pakistan, is meant to empower youth in digital skill areas that are in global demand. The spectrum of these is skills is very vast and learners will be able to select their own path towards becoming digital freelancers. While the courses and programs being offered under the project are free of cost for the learners, a fair amount of self-discipline and time management will be required to benefit properly from them. Only serious, committed learners will complete their courses successfully but then the opportunities that await them are very vast.

I wish all DigiSkill graduates the best in their future endeavors.

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Dr. Zafar M. Alvi

Project Director, DigiSkills

Digitalization of economy has radically transformed work. Getting the work done is no longer limited to local resources. Freelance international job markets have provided tremendous opportunities for posting tasks globally, while simultaneously e-workers from all around the globe can bid for these tasks.

This has freed e-workers from eyeing for regular jobs, and instead channelize their energies towards self-reliance. While also earning valuable foreign exchange for their countries by tapping into international job markets. DigiSkills training program is essentially a paradigm shift from job-targeted education to skill- based training. This program is a game changer for Pakistani youth, which will provide them opportunities to learn for free and master the skillsets that are in demand in the freelance job markets.

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Ehsen Zafar Puri

Director ICT, Virtual University

The DigiSkills Program has been handcrafted from conception to implementation in the minutest detail keeping quality at the forefront. The Ignite and Virtual University teams have worked really hard, day and night, to bring you the greatest opportunity in Pakistan's IT landscape. May Allah almighty give you unprecedented success in empowering yourself and, ultimately, Pakistan.