ISLAMABAD (NNI) - The World Bank (WB) has said that not even 4 percent of the total population of Pakistan enters into higher education and less than 1 percent of the population has ever received technical education and vocational training. According to The World Bank, Pakistan is facing three main challenges mainly, limited access to education and vocational training, the low quality of education and training, and a shortage of skilled labor for the countrys future growth. Access to education and training is still limited. There is a wide disparity between male-female, rural-urban, and different regions. Even for students that have access to education and training, quality can be uneven. More than 3/4 of the graduates have some foundational skills but no marketable skills for employment. This evidence says that the training programs are not relevant to the skills demanded. The poor training quality can be attributed to inefficient public administration of training programs, lack of interaction with industry, and outdated infrastructure of public institutions. Currently, the International Development Association financially support a project through Specific Investment Loan (SIL) instrument with a US$21 million IDA credit to provide assistance to the Government of Sindh in order to tackle the problem of insufficient skilled workforce for Pakistans future economic growth, the Sindh Skills Development Project was signed last month to better equip 50,000 youth in Sindh Province with relevant skills to increase employability of trainees. Through project The Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) and Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) will strengthen their training programs to improve the quality of the training programs and measure the impact of training on employment. According to World Bank, the project will train 50,000 youth through providing more and better quality training programs leveraging existing training programs in BBSYDP and STEVTA. To achieve goal, the project will expand and increase the impact of existing BBSYDP short-term training through additional financing and offering modest stipends to trainees. The project will also establish market driven institutions through upgrading current programs or creating 70 new programs at STEVTA administered institutions. It will also build the capacity of STEVTA to establish market driven institutions. Activities will include the introduction of better information systems and policies, enhanced monitoring, evaluation and results dissemination.