Mobile app-based car-hailing service Careem inked a resource sharing agreement with Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA), aiming to create job opportunities for 100,000 unemployed youth in the transportation sector, technology media platform TechJuice reported on Friday.
The agreement was finalised on Thursday between TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Careem Networks Pakistan CEO Junaid Iqbal, following which the process was formally initiated.
Under the agreement, TEVTA will provide training and hands-on experience to 100,000 unemployed youth for over a span of three years.
TechJuice reports training of the individuals will be carried out at TEVTA institute and covers driving skills, road safety, and basic Arabic language skills. Applicants above 21 years of age and holding a secondary school certificate would be able to apply and a stipend will also be provided during the training period.
Speaking on the occasion, Careem Pakistan CEO Junaid Iqbal said: “Our organisation will help successful graduates avail job opportunities at a salary ranging from Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000 per month.”
After the training, drivers will be employed by Careem in Pakistan or in the Gulf countries, where Careem already has a firm foothold. In the Gulf region, about 85 per cent of Careem drivers are Pakistani.
Careem was founded in 2012 in Dubai, with the simple mission to provide convenient, reliable and comfortable transport services to customers. It has since grown to cover 26 cities in the Middle East and North African region (MENA) and Pakistan, where it is currently operational in Karachi and Lahore.
Careem entered the Pakistani market last year, launching its services in Karachi, Lahore and later Islamabad.
The cab hailing service, alongside its rival San-Francisco based Uber, gained instant popularity among a Pakistani population that has quickly adopted 3G and 4G technology.