National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) is making all out efforts for bringing technical and vocational training in Pakistan at par with international standards. As part of these efforts, 5 Centres of Excellence will be established across the country to impart skill training in accordance with industry requirements.
The Executive Director visited Vocational Training Institute Kotri (Centre of Excellence) to monitor the pace of development works. VTI Kotri was selected for Centre of Excellence of TVET sector in Sindh. Accordingly an MOU was signed between STEVTA and NAVTTC with the purpose to support the TVET Sector by building the capacity of partners leading towards quality training and enhanced employment prospects.
ED NAVTTC was accompanied by the Director General NAVTTC Karachi, Ms Nabila Umer; Country Director of GIZ, Mr. Olaf Handloegtten, Director STEVTA, Mr. Liaqat Jamro. President of Kotri Association of Trade Industries and representatives of the industry were also among the participants.
Vocational Training Centre Kotri will be equipped with modern technologies and will also cater to the needs of teacher’s training, research and private sector engagement. Strengthening the Technical Education and Vocational Training is one of the prioritized areas of national development identified by the Government of Pakistan, said Dr. Khan.
Dr. Khan urged the institute to activate the Institute Management Committee to establish vibrant collaborative links with the industry for improved quality of training. While emphasizing upon the importance of faculty, Dr. Nasir Khan emphasized that highly professional and experienced trainers should be placed for imparting quality training to the trainees
Later, the Executive Director was briefed on the development work for upgradation of the institute as Centre of Excellence which will be completed by September 2020. Dr. Nasir stressed on timely completion of the work. He further added that Centre of Excellence envisages high quality training based on international standards and reflects the needs of the business sector. This institute will also serve as role model for the TVET institutes of the provinces, he added.
Executive Director NAVTTC also visited the Technical Training Centre (TTC) Hub which has been selected as Center of Excellence for Balochistan. During the meeting, progress on the establishment of CoE was discussed. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Khalid Sarparah, M.D. Balochistan TEVTA and Director General NAVTTC Balochistan Mr. Zulfiqar Jatoi.
Government focused on advancing TVET for youth empowerment and national development: Usman Dar
—NAVTTC‘s mega project for Skilling youth discussed in the consultative meeting today
Under the “Hunarmand Jawan” initiative, NAVTTC will embark on a comprehensive reforms process of the country’s skill development sector, to make it compatible with the requirements of the country’s huge youth population as well as domestic and international job markets. The program is part of the governments recently announced “Kamyab Jawan” initiative.
A consultative meeting to discuss project (PC-1) of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) for implementation of the program was held in Islamabad which was attended by various stakeholders of technical and vocational TVET sector from all the provinces and regions to make collaborative and coordinated efforts for making this mega project more effective and meaningful for socio-economic empowerment of youth across Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, Special Assistant to the PM, Mr. Usman Dar stated that this unique and ambitious program is aimed at skilling our most precious national asset i.e. youth by creating employment opportunities for their social and economic uplift and enabling them to play their pivotal role in the national development. He mentioned that unlike the past practices, our focus is on enhancing quality and not on just increasing numbers. He proposed that a Technical Steering Committee should be constituted to review the progress of the project on quarterly basis. To ensure merit and transparency, the entire program will be made available on a digital platform, he added.
“We are focused on imparting quality training to our youth which is the only way to guarantee employability to atleast 80% of our TVET graduates”, said the chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hasan. One of the key features of this project is encouraging maximum participation of women in our TVET sector, he said.
“This huge project is one of its kinds, envisaging the reform agenda of TVET sector of Pakistan, and has been developed after extensive deliberations and feedback from key stakeholders from across the country, the executive director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan told the participants. We have incorporated all eight identified interventions as prescribed in the roadmap by the Task Force on Technical and Vocational Education, he further added.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant thanked the provincial and regional representatives for their valuable input and willingness to work jointly with the federal government for the betterment of country’s youth.
Member Private Sector Development Planning Commission Asim Saeed steered the meeting. The key components of this program include development and standardization of technical and vocational qualifications, international accreditation of Pakistani TVET institutes, extension of NAVTTC’s Job Portal with National Exchange Portal, establishment of smart Tech labs for virtual skill development programs & distant learning programs, establishment of country-of-destination specific facilitation centers, establishment of labs/workshops in Madrassah(s), Skill development training of youth in High-end technologies, training to youth belonging to less developed areas of the country especially Balochistan, GB, AJK, and newly added districts of KP (ex-FATA), Southern Punjab and rural Sindh, Apprenticeship training of youth in industry under Apprenticeship Act 2018, Establishment of National Skills Accreditation Council at Islamabad, establishment of incubation centers to promote self employment and entrepreneurship in skilled youth.
–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.