Empower Pakistan has partnered with the global Freelance Marketplace, Upwork, to bring its first ever Social Impact Program to Pakistan. The SIP by Upwork is aimed to bring freelancing opportunities for the skilled yet underserved people who are in the process of building their careers. SIP uses freelance work opportunities to extend social and economic power to the people of the less served communities all around the globe.
Upwork’s SIP in Pakistan is led by Empower Pakistan which is aimed to empower the people of the country through Digital Skills Building (such as freelancing) and Digital Employment. This partnership will allow Empower Pakistan to promote socio-economic development in the region by bringing more and better digital work opportunities to the skilled yet socially underserved communities of Pakistan.
Empower Pakistan’s partnership in SIP is aligned with its aim to increase employment in Pakistan through digital empowerment. Therefore, as SIP’s leader in the region, Empower Pakistan would work to collect, filter and provide better freelance work on Upwork to the less served freelancers of Pakistan.
Elizabeth Tse, Senior Vice President Operations at Upwork, showing excitement about this partnership said,
“We are delighted to work with Empower Pakistan and their freelancers. Helping talented people throughout the world find each other and work together without limits is what Upwork strives to do.”
As a result of this partnership, Pakistani freelancers will not only be able to access more work but also to grow their skills that are in high match with the market demand. Empower Pakistan will provide guidance and training to the freelancers for this purpose including how to actively apply on jobs posted by employers in the SIP and how to develop freelancing ethics and market understanding.
Upwork’s SIP will enable Pakistani freelancers to have the following incentives:
- A dedicated Upwork mentor providing profile and proposal analysis,
- Extra connects as needed,
- Priority access to some job posts,
- Social Impact Badge on their profiles,
- Priority registration for agency and freelancers and,
- Landing page listing to attract clients.
Freelancers interested to join Empower Pakistan’s Agency under Upwork Social Impact Program and sign up here.
“There is a huge unmet demand for talent in the global market. Pakistan, on the other hand, has a massive population of skilled and talented young people who are eager to excel but lack decent work opportunities. Our partnership with Upwork will enable us to fill this gap connecting skilled resources to the need, creating digital employment, and moving the country towards economic growth.” –Sajid Shah, CEO Empower Pakistan.
This partnership is a step forward towards achieving Upwork’s goal of connecting the less visible communities to better work opportunities. The two companies will put mutual efforts in their interest to achieve socio-economic development through digital employment.
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