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Background
Malakand Division is one of the poverty effected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Most of the people of this region depends upon agriculture, Literacy ratio is very low especially in the field of technical education, due to which majority of the people are unskilled which leads to unemployment. For the way out from the mentioned situation and the raising needs and demands of the young generation, Pak-Swiss Technical Training College (PSTTC) was established in September 2000 with technical and financial assistance of Pak-Swiss Small Scale Enterprises Promotion (SSEP) Program (implemented by Swiss contact, Switzerland). Swiss contact has a vast experience in the field of enterprise development and technical trainings.
The purpose of its establishment was to enhance skills of the youth in different technical trades / technologies and thus to provide income generation and self-employment opportunities on local as well as national level. With the passage of time, PSTTC became a network and its branches have been extended in the surrounding districts i.e. Buner, Shangla & Dir. Both the administrative and teaching staff comprises a team of well-committed, qualified and devoted people. Main branch of Pak-Swiss Technical Training College is located at Mingora District Swat.
Besides male, The College has extended its activities in the field of technical and vocational trainings for the female folk of the concerned areas, where short & long term courses in the field of vocational as well as capacity building trainings are being imparted. Since its establishment, thousands of fresh and untrained youth (male & female) have been trained through Pak-Swiss TTC in different technical trades / technologies and thus a visible change could be seen in the market and their life has economically been improved to sufficient extent. Based on the survey, conducted by the College as impact assessment, more than 75% of the passed out trainees have started their own businesses in Pakistan and have got employment abroad the country.