French ambassador, H.E Dr. Marc Barety met with the Chairman of NAVTTC on TVET collaboration

 

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.

Joint Session of Various Vocational Training Centers Running Under Different Ministries

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.

NAVTTC) in collaboration with UNHCR conducted a “tool kit” distribution ceremony

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

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

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.

Tender for Upgradation of Workshops / Labs into Smart Labs at various public sector Technical Education & Vocational Institutes…

TENDER NOTICE

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….

Briefing of delegation Harvard University graduates about TVET sector of Pakistan

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.

Renewable Energy sector to join-hands with NAVTTC to establish Sector Skills Council

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.

“Interactive linkage with Private Sector

 

“Interactive linkage with Private Sector is exigency of time”, said the Chairman, National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on eve of validation workshop of Sector Skills Council- Hospitality at NAVTTC HQs, Islamabad today.  NAVTTC and TVET-Sector Support Program carried out study to analyze demand and supply of labor market to come up with effective and efficient strategies for skill development in the country.  The Executive Director, NAVTTC emphasized the role of Sector Skills Council in all sectors including Hospitality Sector. He expressed the Sector Skills Council-Hospitality Sector will guide NAVTTC to ensure quality training, employment opportunities, entrepreneurial ecology and ensuring socio-economic suitability through Vocational and Technical Skills in the Hospitality Sector. Mr. Muhammad Ali, TVET SSP seconded the importance of role of Sector Skills Council and added that that through recommendations of Sector Skills Council-Hospitality, an effective skill development plan could be ensured.  Leading industry from Hospitality sector participated in the workshop. Ms. Sonia Emaan, TVET SSP moderated the session and updated the house regarding present and future SSC-H outcomes. During the validation workshop it was strongly recommended to take necessary initiatives to make industry-led sector skills council,  updation of National Skill Information System (NSIS), industry to update their demand and supply on the NAVTTC portal, small and medium restaurants be involved in future studies and analysis, quality concern in future study and last but not the least tourism eco-system.  It was decided that for newly Sector Skills Council the entire sector will be covered to play dynamic role.  It was also agreed that NAVTTC and TVET SSP would provide all possible technical support to the SSC-Hospitality to ensure to play a dynamic role in quality training for employment both locally and internationally, cultivate entrepreneurial culture and enhance skill development opportunities. The validation workshop ended with the agreed decisions to streamline the sector skill council and make it more representative of the stakeholders in the hospitality sector.

Competency Based Training (CBT) gaining grounds in Pakistan

Islamabad: March 02, 2019: Competency Based Training, a world-wide popular approach for quality vocational training, is fast gaining grounds in Pakistan as over 50,000 men and women across the country have signed up for various skills training programmes under this approach.

Introduction of Competency Based Training (CBT) is the cornerstone of the ongoing reform with the technical education and vocational training (TVET) sector reform, initiated by the Government of Pakistan and supported by the European Union and the governments of Germany and Norway.

National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), which is spearheading the country-wide reform in the TVET sector, has developed the first-ever National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) that provide the basis for introduction of the paradigm shift in the delivery of vocational training in Pakistan.

CBT is delivered against the national standards set by the industry, hence the prospects of employability for the pass outs of CBT training programmes are higher than the old traditional training methods, says Syed Javed Hasan, chairman NAVTTC while highlighting the importance of this new training approach.

Particulars of all the trainees and pass outs under CBT programmes are nationally complied through an online NVQF registry, which is housed within NAVTTC. According to the latest update, over 50,000 men and women from all over the country has either completed or are enrolled for various CBT programmes in over 400 TVET institutes.

“Switching more and more TVET institutes towards CBT approach is an encouraging sign, hence the current government has also decided to shift from the traditional wayof training to the ones led by industry,” says Mr. Hasan.

Upscaling of NVQF and mainstreaming of CBT approach is an integral part of the new National Skills for All Strategy, which has been devised by the current government as a comprehensive agenda for skill development in the country.

The competency-based training is the latest approach of training delivery and assessment which is being followed across the globe. The initiative is carried out after the launch of NVQF as an important intervention in the TVET to improve quality of the training.The NVQF supports in establishment of a national system for recognition for TVET qualifications and certificates. The NVQF provides a basis for recognition of qualifications at national and international levels.

It is worth mentioning here that under this reform process, the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkha (KP) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have already announced to convert their complete TVET system on CBT, which will improve the quality of skills training and enhance employment opportunity for the youth.

The Managing Director KP TEVTA Mr. Sajjad Ali Shah endorsed the idea of CBT&A system, saying that, ‘The CBT&A is a modern way of delivering technical and vocational training, which exists in a number of developed countries such as United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asian countries such as Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka’.

Chairman AJ&K TEVTA Khawaja Muhammad Tariqsaid that, ‘the goal of making the youth of as skilled as better for employability prospects and the conversion of institutes would bear good results in AJK’.

The implementation of NVQF has been supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme,which is funded by the European Union and Governments of Germany and Norway. The Programme assiststhe Government of Pakistan to reform the TVET system since 2011. The Programme focuses on governance, development of quality human resource including trainees and trainers as well as creating linkages between public and private sector.

Chinese Experts’ Team visits NAVTTC to uplift TVET sector of Pakistan

An 11 member Socio-economic Development Experts group of the Joint Working Group of CPEC on Social Economic Development headed by Director General CIECC, Mr. Du Zhenli, visited NAVTTC HQs to finalize the action plan on vocational training discussed for the 1st Socio Economic Development Joint Working Group meeting and met NAVTTC Chairman Syed Javed Hassan and Executive Director Dr. Nasir Khan. The Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan briefed the team about initiatives taken by NAVTTC and said that Chinese intervention will enhance the quality of Pakistan’s TVET system and serve as catalyst to attain desired objectives of TVET reforms to prepare skilled workforce for CPEC initiatives, Special Economic Zones and other projects of such nature.

The Chinese experts’ team showed keen interest in contributing towards the efforts of NAVTTC to enhance the quality of skill sector and agreed to share their advanced techniques and successful experience to help Pakistan transform its human resource into advantage.

In the meeting, collaboration between Pakistani and Chinese TVET institutes, colleges and universities for transfer of technology from China to Pakistan in the shape of equipments, machinery for labs and workshops, capacity building programs, joint degree and student exchange programs, training of trainers, etc. was discussed in detail. The head of the team assured to give high priority to NAVTTC projects and provide maximum assistance and facilitation in this regard.

Pakistan and Turkey sign an agreement for establishment of state of the art Center of Excellence for Hospitality & Construction

“Pakistan and Turkey share the bond which joins the hearts and binds us emotionally” said the minister for Federal education & professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood while addressing an agreement signing ceremony between Pakistan and Turkey, organized by National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) here today. Under this agreement, Turkish Cooperation & Coordination Agency (TIKA) will establish State-of-the-Art Centre for Hospitality & Construction at National Skill University Islamabad (formerly NISTE). From Pakistan’s side, Mr. Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan, and from turkey’s side President of TIKA, Dr. Serdar Cam signed the agreement.

“Pakistan is brimming with a diverse landscape and there is so much to see. We are focused on creating the right environment and infrastructure for tourists and in the next few years Pakistan will emerge as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, the minister said. Creation of a state of the art institute in hospitality would be a step further in meeting the vision of our Prime Minister of a developed nation, the minister said. He thanked the government of Turkey for its never ending support and expressed hope to enhance cooperation in future. He appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC in creating an enabling environment and making skill sector vibrant and attractive for youth.

The ambassador of Turkey Mr. Mustafa Yurduakul while addressing the ceremony said, “Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly countries and we are very happy to be a part of the present government’s quest towards provision of better education and vocational training to youth”. Turkey will always be standing by Pakistan and we look forward to enhancing cooperation in not only education but also other sectors, he emphasized. Together we will harvest the result of our collective efforts in the near future, he stated.

President of TIKA, Dr. Serdar Cam termed the agreement a huge success in taking cooperation between the two countries further. When we are investing in young people we are investing in our future, he added.

Establishment of Center of Excellence for Hospitality & Construction would be a masterpiece of Pak-Turkey friendship, said the Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hassan while addressing the ceremony.

This institution will be the first public institution of its kind in Pakistan, which will provide the most advanced training in the Hospitality sector. The hotel industry in Pakistan is one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing industries and provides exciting career opportunities for highly skilled workforce.  It has great potential to increase remittances, generate employment for youth, contribute to taxes and boost other important allied business activities such as tourism, event management, airline, transportation, and logistics etc. Pakistan has more than 10,000 hotels including five, four, three stars with over 50,000 rooms. Hotel and Tourism Industry generates over 1.5 million jobs Hotels and Sierra tourism industries generate more than 1.5 million jobs which is about 2.5% of the total employment this agreement is expected to significantly increase this rate. Moreover, the entire hospitality and tourism sector will get a boost and will also provide a highly trained workforce to the domestic and international hospitality industry. Highly skilled workforce trained from the Centre will meet the requirements of domestic industry including CPEC projects and would be a source of increase in remittances.