“Children Education Program”

Education is vital to positive change in children’s life. Yet for millions of children and youth in a developing country like Pakistan, education is beyond reach. Although successive governments have announced various programs to promote literacy, especially among children, but have been unable to translate their words into action because of various political, social and cultural obstacles. There are today 55 million Pakistanis of age 10 and above who cannot read or write (source: UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2006).

Eager to bridge the divide between the privileged and the low-income earning employees, TPL Trakker Ltd. launched an initiative that aims to help those, who wish to educate their children but find it difficult to bear the expenses.

It is important to mention that there are 750+ employees working at TPL Trakker Ltd. out of which 400+ are working as skilled labour (Technicians, Drivers, Office Attendants, and Security Guards) with an average (market competitive) monthly salary of Rs. 10,000 (US $150).

Details of the Project
Led by the CEO, the Human Resources department started the project by conducting an awareness campaign at TPL Trakker Ltd. Corporate Office in Karachi and then sharing the initiative with the rest of the employees working at all the different branches all over Pakistan. The main focus was to encourage the employees to take advantage of the program and give their children an opportunity to attain quality education.

All employees earning less than Rs. 10,000/- can benefit from this initiative if they have completed a year with the company (Maximum two children per employee).

The employees showed a positive response to this initiative and a total of 20 children were enrolled in the very first month of the launch. The number of children has gradually increased subsequently and till 1st August 2008, a total of 42 children of 24 employees were enrolled for this program.

These children are studying in different prominent schools of choice of the employee, from Grade 1 to Grade 10 (Primary to Secondary level).

This program had a profound effect on the employees, resulting in increased morale and has also left a lasting impact on the lives of the children who are benefiting from quality learning.

“Livelihood Support Program”

Poverty in Pakistan is a growing concern. It is the root cause of many socio-economic issues. It can trap people in vicious circles and can lead to frustration and despair. Nearly one-quarter of the population is classified poor as of October 2006 by the World Bank.

The Livelihood Support Program was born out of TPL Trakker’s desire to develop and expand a framework of cooperation between The Citizen’s Foundation and The Hunar Foundation to provide employment opportunities to under-privileged students. It is meant to enable them to improve their economic conditions and equip them with technical skills, thus making them contributing members of society.

Details of the Project
As a first step, a curriculum was designed by the technical department at TPL Trakker Ltd., which consisted of a three month training program, including one month classroom training at TCF premises and two months on-the-job training at TPL Trakker Technical Workshop.

The next step was to select the right candidate for this program. The TPL Trakker team conducted interviews of seventy TCF students who opted for this program. Out of those seventy students, sixteen were selected for the classroom training.

All sixteen students were given one month classroom training at TCF school premises in which basic electronics, quality assurance and technical subjects were covered. During the training, students were periodically evaluated to ensure the effectiveness of the training. At the end of the training, a final evaluation test was conducted which was successfully cleared by all students. After the completion of classroom training, all sixteen students were placed as apprentices at the TPL Trakker technical department.

The second phase of this training program was on-the-job training at the TPL Trakker Ltd. premises for two months. During this phase, all apprentices were given a chance to work in various sections of the technical department such as Quality Assurance, C-Track Repair Centre and Supply Chain Management.

At the end of the two month OJT, nine out of sixteen apprentices successfully cleared the evaluation criteria and were given permanent employment in the technical department as Technicians. This was only the first group of TCF students who were given employment at TPL Trakker Ltd. TPL Trakker Ltd. requires about sixty technicians per annum and more TCF students will be given employment opportunities in the near future.

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