–17 Pakistani ICT trainers to get one-month training in China sponsored by Huawei
Indentifying the growth and future needs of emerging Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) industry of Pakistan, National Vocational & Technical Training Commission
(NAVTTC) in collaboration with Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd has selected 17
vocational experts and teachers from various Vocational & Technical training institutes across
the country to get one month training at Chongqing Industrial Polytechnic College in China.
“Imparting right kind of training is vital to our TVET reform agenda and it is a great opportunity
for NAVTTC to be working with one of the giants of Information & Communications
Technology (ICT) industry for skilling Pakistani youth”. This was said by the Chairman
NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan while addressing the departure ceremony of trainers here at
NAVTTC HQs today. We hope that our trainers will utilize this opportunity to the best and learn
from the world’s top experts so that on their return to Pakistan they are better equipped to
disseminate their knowledge and skills to their fellow trainers and students, he stated.
Economic and Commercial Counselor from Chinese embassy, Mr. Wang Zhihua, appreciated the
efforts of NAVTTC for making this venture possible and expressed desire to continue further
collaboration in future. “We are committed to work together with NAVTTC to boost TVET
sector of Pakistan and this training program is a great opportunity for Pakistani teachers to learn
from the knowledge and expertise of Chinese professionals and replicate the same here on their
return”, he said. Deputy CEO of Huawei Pakistan, Mr. Malibing, while addressing the ceremony
said, “Huawei is the leading ICT providers in the world and it is our greatest pleasure to
collaborate with NAVTTC to train Pakistani teachers and support economic and technological of
Pakistan”. Huawei has been engaged in various projects for the last 20 years in Pakistan and is
keen on investing in the education sector of Pakistan through such programs, he added.
Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, appreciated the support of Huawei for skilling
Pakistani teachers and hoped that such welfare training projects will continue in future. He
termed this program as a great opportunity for the young and dynamic teachers who will bring
back latest innovative ICT knowledge for the youth of Pakistan. He advised the teachers to
project the positive image of Pakistan to the people of China through their best behavior and
commitment as the ambassadors of Pakistan.
During their training, the teachers will learn route control, Border Gateway Protocol, multicast,
switching and many other ICT innovations. The course will include Huawei Advanced
Management Course, and the development and management innovation of electronic information
industry in Southwest China. The training will conclude with a theoretical test evaluation and
Huawei HCNA Certification Exam will also be taken. Participants will be awarded the
graduation certificate and Huawei HCNA certification after passing the examinations.
France to collaborate with NAVTTC for development of TVET sector
A 2-member delegation from France led by Higher Education Attaché, Mr. Sebastien
Cartier, met with the chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan, and Executive Director
NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan to discuss various areas of collaboration for uplift of skill
sector of Pakistan.
“Investment in our human capital is the only path towards economic development. Right
now we are facing huge issues in terms of labor productivity, capacity building and
quality of training and to overcome these challenges it is imperative we create a stable
and market-based technical and vocational education and training (TVET) mechanism”,
said the Chairman during the meeting. The importance of the TVET sector is the
greatest for a country like Pakistan where more than 60 per cent of its people comprises
youth below the age of 30, he added. The Chairman briefed the delegation on the
initiatives of NAVTTC and TVET Task Force for successful implementation of TVET
reform agendas. The present government is giving high priority to development of the
TVET sector and to bring it at par with international standards for both the productive
engagement of youth and achievement of industrial growth, the chairman said.
The delegation appreciated the steps being taken by NAVTTC to boost the skill sector
of Pakistan and expressed their desire to enhance collaboration in the near future in
such fields as curricula development, joint degree programs, and working towards
development of internationally recognized qualifications.
French ambassador, H.E Dr. Marc Barety visited NAVTTC HQs today and met with the Chairman of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission to explore areas of collaboration between France and Pakistan in technical & vocational education and training. Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan and Cooperation Attache’ of France Dr. Pierrick Le Jeune were also present. Chairman briefed the ambassador about NAVTTC’s role as the apex TVET body and discussed major areas of intervention between both sides including training of master trainers, increasing capacity of Pakistani TVET system, starting joint degree programs, improving quality of training and producing skilled labor workforce to meet the international job requirements etc.
The chairman said skill development is critically important to provide employment opportunities to the youth and increase foreign remittances. Right now our capacity is limited to skilling approximately 400,000 people in the formal sector but that needs to be increased considerably and to achieve our target we are focusing on better utilization of existing resources, starting double shifts of trainings, introducing online TVET training system and including Madrassahs and universities for imparting technical and vocational education, he said.
The French ambassador appreciated Pakistani government’s priorities for skilling youth for economic development and termed TVET as absolutely vital for the future of the country. Both sides agreed to explore possibilities for joint degree programs in vocational training in the near future. As the first step, renowned professors from Institute of Technology, France will visit Pakistan during the next month where various propositions to train master trainers would be discussed in detail. Moreover, Pakistani TVET trainers would be invited to visit best TVET institutes of France so that they could study and learn from their best practices.
Dr. Nasir highlighted the robust TVET system of France and proposed that the two countries should cooperate to benefit from advancements of France in the field of TVET. Pakistani vocational institutes should be accredited with France’s best TVET institutes which would not only enhance capacity of our existing institutes but also increase international recognition of our qualifications, he said.
Both sides agreed to explore further areas of collaboration especially in modern technological advancements including cyber security, robotics, artificial intelligence, mechatronics etc.
A joint session of various vocational training centers running under different ministries was held in NAVTTC HQs, the basic aim of this session was to educate various vocational training centers running under different ministries to align with the National Program of vocational training and to attach these vocational training institutes with main stream of vocational training. The session was attended by ministry of textile industry, ministry of science and technology, PITAC a subsidy of ministry of Railway, TUSDEC, KTDMC, FGCIS, PCSIR, ICT and Fauji Foundation.
Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hassan briefed the participants that NAVTTC is working in coordination with multiple private sector organizations to improve the vocational education and increase its prospectus on national level manifolds. In this context it is vital that vocational training institutes running under government supervision should become part of the national infrastructure of vocational training and arrange vocational education as per national standards.
Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan briefed about the current vocational training infrastructure in the country and introduced the institutes whom are already working in this context on national and provincial level. Answering to the question of the participants he said any vocational training institute prior of starting the training to the trainees should get itself affiliated with national and provincial level TEVTAs, National Training Bureau or NAVTTC and for taking examination registration must be from any QAB is mandatory so that the certification issued from the vocational training institutes should be recognized and acceptable on the national level.
Director General SS&C briefed about Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A), demand and training of skilled labor for CPEC project.
Director NAVTTC Shagufta Naz explained registration and quality assurance mechanism, Fayyaz Somroo Assistant Nazim enlightened the different aspects of NVQF and vocational education.
The participants fully participated in the session and briefed about the problems of their respective institutes and all the participants declared this activity as very positive initiative that a national level body has progressed in this matter and briefed the institutes about different aspects of vocational training and many of the institutes showed their consent to participate in the quality assurance process of NAVTTC.
In the end of the session Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan thanked all the participants and showed hope for continuation of such consultative sessions and support from the participants.
National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) conducted a “tool kit” distribution ceremony among recently passing out trainees of “Fashion Designing and beautician Course” in “Women Welfare and Development Center” Islamabad.
This ceremony was attended by Chief Guest of the ceremony Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman NAVTTC, Mr. Naeem Siddiqui, Director General NAVTTC, Mr. Iain Hall, UNHCR Deputy Representative for Pakistan and Mr. Rana Yousaf, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training along with huge number of other guests.
Speaking on the occasion Syed Javed Hassan appreciated the UNHCR program for Afghan Refugees. He also highly praised the technical training being given in the said institute and anticipated that UNHCR will extend its cooperation for such programs in the coming future as well. Alongside with this he also committed to provide further such trainings to empower women of Pakistan in becoming self-reliant and securing a reputable position in the society.
Mr. Iain Hall acknowledged the support provided by NAVTTC to this program, he also appreciated the high standard of training given by the institute and stated that these refugees will get a reputable earning through this course after their return to their homeland.
Under the auspices of UNHCR through this program total of 1800 Afghani and Pakistani trainees were given 06 months free training in 18 districts all over Pakistan. The training provided under this program was based on 80% practical and 20% theoretical course.
At the end of the ceremony “tool kits” were distributed among the successful female trainees.
MoU signed for establishing Sector Skill Council in renewable energy
Islamabad: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and various industry associations and leading companies have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Sector Skills Council for the renewable energy sector.
Representatives of Renewable Energy Association of Pakistan (REAP), Solar Quality Foundation (SQF), Independent Power Producers Association (IPPA), Reenergia Enhar and Sohail Incorporation signed this MoU on behalf of their respective sides with NAVTTC here on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, representatives of the energy sector appreciated the idea of SSC, while acknowledging the fact that skills gap is one of the biggest challenges industry is facing at the moment. Theyexpressed their commitment to make the SSC in their sector successful.
Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan appreciated the enthusiasm of the associations and private enterprises while Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan expressed hopes that this council will provide a headway for bridging the gap between public and private sector for relevant skills generation, demand analysis and updating curricula.
The establishment of SSC in energy sector will increase cooperation and collaboration between public-private sector on matters related to setting skills standards, identifying occupational gaps, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), job placement, apprenticeship, teachers/instructors training and on-the-job training.
The establishment of SSCs is supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and the governments of Germany and Norway, in Pakistan as part of ongoing TVET reform.
Inter-Provincial Ministerial Conference Forum established for collective efforts towards TVET uplift
—National level consensus evolved on’ Skills for All” strategy
In order to identify multitude of challenges pervading TVET sector in Pakistan and to devise a roadmap to address the systemic issues, the federal government constituted a taskforce, representing all stakeholders in the sector. In this regard, for a more inclusive implementation strategy for the Task force recommendations, the first TVET related Inter-provincial Ministerial Conference was held today at Islamabad under the auspices of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). Minister for federal Education Shafqat Mahmood while addressing the conference said “Skill Development is at the forefront of our government’s agenda and reforms are underway to bring education and vocational training system in sync with labor market requirements”. “I believe Education & Skill Development are beyond politics and we must all put our efforts collectively in the national interest to promote skill development and empower our young people” the Minister said. We are focusing on introducing skills at school level so that matriculated students come out with some marketable skills. “We are working in close collaboration with overseas ministry, chambers of industries, private sector and the key stakeholders to identify the skills as required in the domestic market and overseas” he added. The government will soon establish the first National Skill University at Islamabad and will set up 5 Centers of Excellence, one in each province. He emphasized on working in close collaboration with provincial governments including AJK and Gilgit Baltistan so that a uniform TVET system is launched across the country. He thanked the participants for their contribution in addressing the systemic issues being faced by the skill sector and showed resolve to further the efforts for skilling the youth.
Special Assistant to PM Youth Affairs Usman Dar said the present government is focused on revamping the TVET sector and is committed to support and empower our young people. “We are soon going to launch National Youth Development Framework that will help in synchronizing training with job placement”, he said. Moreover, we are working on a National Employment Exchange Portal which is being developed by NAVTTC that will facilitate youth in matching skills with the demand of labor market, he added. He appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC for working hard to overcome shortcomings of skill sector. “With the help of NAVTTC, we are focusing on enhancing innovation driven entrepreneurship skills of youth and promote blue collared and white collared jobs” Dar said.
The Conference was attended by the ministers from Punjab, Sindh, KP & FATA, Balochistan, AJK, ambassadors of European Union, Turkey, Germany, Norway, and representatives from China, USAID, UNDP, Scotland & British Council, GIZ, ADB, TIKA, JICA, and all provincial TEVTAs. They welcomed the initiative of the education ministry and NAVTTC for arranging inter-provincial meeting and appreciated the attention being given to the TVET sector by putting collective efforts, both at federal and provincial level, to address TVET sector challenges. The participants gave valuable suggestions and recommendations to uplift the skill sector.
Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan said skill development is critically important to provide employment opportunities to the youth and increase foreign remittances. Right now our capacity is limited to skilling only 400,000 people in the formal sector but that needs to be increased considerably as well as enhancing the quality of training, he said.
The Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, gave a detailed presentation on eight major areas of intervention including cleansing governance structure from fragmentation, increasing capacity of TVET system, improving quality, ensuring meaningful involvement of industry, delivering equal access (Skills for all), producing skilled labor workforce to meet international job requirements, and building a positive image of TVET to attract more youth towards skill sector.
Federal Minister for education concluded the meeting and said all suggestions put forward by the participants would be incorporated into TVET roadmap called ‘Skills for All” strategy. The conference agreed to establish “Inter-provincial TVET Ministers conference” as a permanent forum to evolve consensus on TVET related issues at the national level. The participants of the conference also agreed to adapt the “Skills for All” strategy as a national strategy document for development of TVET sector in the country.
National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Government of Pakistan invites sealed proposals through Two Stage Bidding Procedure from interested and registered firms or their JVs registered in Pakistan for “Upgradation of Workshops / Labs into Smart Labs” at various public sector Technical Education & Vocational Institutes across the country.
The interested bidders must be registered with respective taxation (with valid NTN and STRN) and other relevant authorities in Pakistan, and possess authorization from Principal/Original manufacturer of equipment / supplies to be provided under this tender and shall demonstrate capacity to compete the assignment.
The proposal shall be submitted at following address on the prescribed tender document by 8th April, 2019 at 11:00am, which will be opened on same date at 11:30am in presence of the bidders / their representatives. The bid document can be obtained from this office free of cost or downloaded from our website: http://navttc.org and http://www.PPRA.org.pk. Incomplete proposals or late submissions shall not be entertained. to be cont….
Delegation of Harvard University alumni visits NAVTTC for briefing on TVET Sector of Pakistan
A 27 member delegation of Harvard University alumni led by Mr. Muhammad Ali visited NAVTTC Headquarters, Islamabad today and met NAVTTC Chairman Syed Javed Hassan and Executive Director Dr. Nasir Khan. The Chairman, briefed the delegation about the challenges faced by Pakistan with regards to skilling the young population. He highlighted the government’s initiatives for development of skills sector and bringing it at par with the international standards as well as meeting requirements of the industry. In this regard, active participation of the industry is crucial for which we are closely working with various chambers of commerce and industries. NAVTTC has established Sector Skills Councils to bridge the gap between industry and training providers. The chairman also highlighted that the share of trained females in our labour force needs to be improved in order for the economy to move forward.
Executive Director Dr. Nasir Khan briefed the delegation about initiatives taken by NAVTTC and said that our job portal provides data of trained persons which is readily available for employers. CPEC is a tremendous opportunity for Pakistan and we are focusing on skills which are most suited for CPEC projects. The establishment of Centers of Excellence will also pave the way for modernizing our TVET sector and bringing it in line with the latest needs of the industry. He apprised the delegation about the newly enacted Apprenticeship Act 2018 which covers all sectors of economy even the informal sector which is quite significant in case of Pakistan. This Act will enable us to align training institutes with industry. NAVTTC has ensured that females also acquire technical trainings. Out of the 200,000 youth trained by NAVTTC, 60000 were females. The Harvard delegation had a number of queries as well as suggestions drawing from their international experience which the NAVTTC leadership welcomed. The head of the delegation, Mr. Ali praised the vital contribution of NAVTTC in promoting the skill sector of Pakistan.
Islamabad, March 13, 2019: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Renewable Energy Association of Pakistan (REAP), Solar Quality Foundation (SQF) and various private sector enterprises from the renewable energy sectors have joined hands to establish an industry-led Sector Skills Council for the Renewable Energy Sector.
Both the industry and NAVTTC expressed their resolve to work together during a meeting, which was held to share the international best practice of Sector Skills Council to promote public-private partnership. The partnership will pave way for providing skilled human resource to the industry according to the industry’s demand. The industry associations and NAVTTC showed their interest to extend their collaboration through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 21st, 2019 for establishing the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for renewable energy sector.
Speaking at the ceremony, representatives of the Renewable Energy Sector associations appreciated the concept of SSC and showed enthusiasm to take lead in the establishment of the SSCs to improve quality of vocational training.
While chairing the meeting, Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan appreciated the interest of private sector for providing organized support to the TVET Sector. Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan appreciated the interest of the associations in the establishment of the councils and mentioned that the interest of private sector will eventually support in mitigating the well-trained human resource gap for the industry.
The establishment of SSC in Renewable Energy will increase cooperation and collaboration between public-private sectors on matters related to setting skills standards, identifying occupational gaps, job placement, apprenticeship, teachers/instructors training and on-the-job training.
The establishment of SSCs is supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and the governments of the Germany and Norway, in Pakistan as part of ongoing TVET reforms agenda in the country.