RAWALPINDI - Hashoo Foundation in partnership with Punjab Skills Development Fund has conducted a prestigious award ceremony here to honor the graduating trainees of its "Skills for Job 2013-14" project. The event celebrated the efforts of the high achieving graduates and acknowledged the corporate sector's role in facilitating their practical training and providing job opportunities.

The project is funded by Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) and it is implemented by Hashoo Foundation. Through this project, the Foundation aims to provide employable skills to the deserving youth of Southern Punjab to improve their livelihoods. The Foundation trained these youth within its reputed Hospitality Management Training Programme (HMTP). HMTP is an integral part of Hashoo Foundation's Skills Development Program, it has been designed to equip youth with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in both the national and international hospitality industry.

Aqeel Nawaz Khan, Director of Programs, Hashoo Foundation; Ali Akbar Bosan, Chief Operating Officer, Punjab Skills Development Fund; Qazi Zaheer Ahmed, Director General, National Training Bureau, were present at the event. The event highlights included inspirational speeches from the trainees whose lives have been transformed by the project. This was followed by entertaining drama and dance performances by the youth. Aqeel Nawaz Khan, Director of Programs,Hashoo Foundation acknowledged theproject team's dedication, particularly the master trainers' contribution and the enthusiasm of the trainees:

"There is a great deal of talent among the youth of Southern Punjab, Hashoo Foundation has successfully groomed these talented individuals to become role models within the Hospitality industry."

He highlighted the fact that Hashoo Foundation has successfully trained approximately 70000 youth to date within certified courses by City & Guilds UK, National Training Bureau Govt. of Pakistan etc. to empower them to improve their quality of life.