Islamabad/Lahore/Karachi, AUG 16: /DNA/ – PepsiCo’s Roshan Kal and Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Program successfully conducted Pakistan’s largest internship program. The program onboarded 1,000 students from 207 cities and 150+ institutions across Pakistan, furthering the country’s 2030 youth-development agenda.  The virtual graduation ceremony was attended by Mr. Furqan Ahmed SyedChief Executive Officer PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan, senior leadership from PepsiCo Pakistan’s bottling partners and graduate interns.

PepsiCo’s Roshan Kal is a platform designed to advance holistic youth-development and meaningful engagement with young men and women through skills development, internship, and mentorship opportunities. To date, Roshan Kal has created over 6,300 opportunities for Pakistani youth. Many of the students enrolled in the internship program had already completed a youth skills development program with Amal Academy. The PepsiCo Amal Youth initiative is a 3-month professional skills development program that is aimed at enhancing the employability skills of universities graduates.

The successful culmination of this year’s internship program is testimony to PepsiCo Pakistan’s resolve towards its “Winning with Purpose” agenda for creating broader social impact. Through these diverse youth-focused initiatives, PepsiCo is harnessing the potential of youth and equipping them with the necessary tools required for exploring new career and professional advancement opportunities. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Furqan Ahmed Syed, Chief Executive Officer PepsiCo Pakistan and Afghanistan stated, ‘PepsiCo Pakistan’s partnership with the Government’s Kamyab Jawan Program has enabled remarkable new skills development opportunities for Pakistani youth. We are excited about what this program can deliver for the country and our incredibly talented youth’.

The Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Program is focused on providing educational and employment opportunities to young people across Pakistan through various schemes including internships, skills development, and volunteering programs. PepsiCo’s Roshan Kal and Kamyab Jawan Program collaboration on the youth cause will continue tailored efforts to support students in gaining critical job skills that position them for successful careers.

‘I am delighted to have completed the PepsiCo Roshan Kal internship program. While the program focused on enhancing our skills and preparing us for a competitive job market, we also learnt important life skills such as positive aptitude and compassion. Our mentors at PepsiCo fostered courage and competence in us during the internship’, explains Ms. Heba Munir, a graduate intern.