Research studies conducted by PSEB have indicated that there is a shortage of highly skilled professionals with expertise in specific IT tools & technologies needed by IT companies. IT companies in Pakistan are unwilling to make big investments in trainings of their employees due to low volumes of local business and uncertainty in the global market.
However the availability of skilled manpower at substantial cost savings in Pakistan is a major motivation for outsourcing IT work. PSEB conducted an online survey of member IT companies and these companies supported the trainings of fresh graduates in Java, .Net, mobile apps, and game development. Keeping the demand of IT Companies in view, PSEB launched trainings at Air University, Islamabad, National University Fast, Lahore and PNEC, Karachi in 2015 and trained 200 plus graduates in the following emerging technologies;
- iPhone programming
- Android Application Development
- Agile based mobile application development
- .Net programming
- J2EE & J2ME
- Game Development
Hundred percent of the training cost for these courses was borne by ICT R&D fund. Many graduates appreciated these trainings sponsored by PSEB and ICT R&D Fund because it helped them in enhancing their IT skill set for both job activities and freelancing.
Over the last decade, PSEB has been supporting IT industry by offering IT training courses and has trained around 1,500 professionals in emerging technologies and around 5,000 students in Open source technologies.