Karachi: Brain drain from Pakistan has become a leading cause for concern as recent statistics highlight a critical issue where over 800,000 individuals sought opportunities abroad in 2023. This fact was highlighted by participants at the launch ceremony of Skills360, one of the first privately owned EdTech institutes in Pakistan, focused on upskilling the country’s existing and upcoming workforce. This initiative focuses on providing globally competitive skill development opportunities to the youth, who make up nearly 60% of the population. With a holistic approach to learning, this EdTech initiative not only aims to make the youth job-ready but also envisions a transformative impact on the country’s economic landscape.

The uniqueness of Skills360 lies in encouraging real-world application of learned skills, creating a pathway for individuals to start earning. At its launch, Skills360 is introducing courses in Graphic Design and CMS (Content Management System) Development to start with, with plans to expand its course offerings in the future.

Speaking at the occasion, Burhan Mirza, Co-Founder of Skills360, opined that Skills360 is not just a learning platform; it is a gateway to financial empowerment. The focus is on equipping individuals with practical and in high demand skills that not only make them job-ready but set them on a path to secure financial futures.”

Adding his views, Kashif Hussain Shah, Executive Director of Skills360, further emphasized that the significance of skill development in today’s competitive landscape is profound. In this regard, the courses of Skills360 are designed to ensure that our learners are ready to compete with the world’s best. Following a vision that there is no need for the youth to migrate, as with the required skills, they can remain in Pakistan, with their families, while earning online, and also contributing to Pakistan’s foreign exchange earnings.

The ceremony was attended by senior executives from a diverse array of organizations spanning various sectors including lawyers, academicians from notable educational institutes like FAST, NUST, MAJU, and IoBM along with members of the digital media fraternity, the need to address the issue of the country’s talented individuals leaving rapidly was highlighted.