480 students graduate from PepsiCo sponsored Youth program
Lahore, July 3rd , 2019: On Wednesday, Amal Academy, an education start-up founded out of Stanford University held their 14th graduation ceremony for over 480 university students at the Ali Institute of Education. The current program is a pilot funded by PepsiCo Pakistan as part of a $300,000 grant to train 1000 university students through a professional skills program. PepsiCo’s support will enable Amal Academy to scale up the program across all provinces of the country by 2020.
The event was attended by Governor Punjab, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, alongside other notable academics including Vice Chancellors of University of the Punjab (PU), University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Government College University (GCU), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), University of Education (UOE), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Government College Faisalabad (GCUF). Over a span of 5 years, Amal Academy has worked with over 3,200 students on developing their employability and life skills, that will lead them to more meaningful careers.
Mr. Hatim Khan, Director Corporate Affairs, Pepsico spoke about the company’s vision and its implementation. ‘Purpose is at the heart of everything we do at PepsiCo. We are proud to support Amal Academy and align ourselves with the Pakistan government’s priority to create jobs for our youth. Our value of “Winning with Purpose” ensures that we are always grounded in our commitment to do good for the planet and our communities.’
While speaking at the event, Governor Punjab talked about the importance of such institutions in uplifting the education system in Pakistan by saying, “For students to be competitive in the job market, learning professional skills are as critical as learning technical skills from the university. We are happy to see PepsiCo partner with Amal Academy to equip university students with the skills needed to improve their chances of securing jobs”