“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.

Several projects approved during 18th Board of Management meeting of NAVTTC

18th Board of Management meeting of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) was held today at NAVTTC Headquarters  which was chaired by Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman, NAVTTC Board. Federal Minister for Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Education, Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Education and Members of newly constituted Board of Members participated in the session. On this occasion, the Chairman, Board appreciated the participation of the Members and expected maximum participation of private sector for development of TVET Sector. The Chairman informed the house that the agenda of 18th Board include 4 years agenda / road map of present government for TVET Sector in view of Task Force recommendations followed by implementation aspect at NAVTTC.

The Minster for Federal Education & Professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, while addressing newly appointed members of the NAVTTC Board of Management emphasized the role of private sector to contribute in the TVET Sector. He expected that the private sector shall guide NAVTTC in training delivery, demand driven trades, monitoring and evaluation and employment opportunities and other necessary areas for skill development. The Minister reiterated that NAVTTC should focus on standardization for each trade, devise a transparent certification regime that must be acknowledged at local and international level, explore public private partnership, strive for new emerging skills that shall help youth bulge for higher income etc. He expressed that Ministry of Education is going to establish new National Curriculum Wing to foresee demand driven trades to meet both local and international demand.  The Minster for Education emphasized that opportunities for female skill training program is main agenda of the present government to ensue gender mainstreaming in the country.

NAVTTC Board of Management approved various development projects for implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force constituted for development of TVET Sector in Pakistan.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from the chair.

Int’l training program launched for TVET Master Trainers

“Skill Development is at the top on the current government’s agenda and we are focused to take special measures to mobilize our youth and provide them with a conducive learning environment so that they are in a better position to explore their abilities and skills”, said the minister for federal education & professional training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood while addressing the launching ceremony of “Training of Master Trainers’ Program“ under the auspices of National Vocational & Technical training Commission here at Islamabad today. Teaching pedagogy and creating conducive training environment is highly imperative for better learning outcomes, the minister said. He emphasized that skill development is the most effective tool to help the country progress and prosper speedily. He congratulated the chairman and Executive Director of NAVTTC to launch this special program for training of highly skilled chief master trainers as part of the ongoing reform in technical education and vocational training (TVET) sector of Pakistan. He mentioned that it is quite unfortunate that in the past our education system was not adequately linked with employability. “If we want to move forward as a nation it is essential to promote public-private partnership and to work in close collaboration with industry and provincial governments to become a catalyst for vocational training”, he added. We are focused on pushing up the level of literacy which currently stands at 58% only, he emphasized.

Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan said that NAVTTC is determined to meet the challenges in TVET sector and is committed to substantially improve the quality of training delivery to meet local and international industry’s demand of skilled workforce.

Australian High Commissioner Ms.  Margaret Adamson, Ambassador of European Union Mr. Jean Francois Cautian, ambassador of Germany Mr. Martin Kobler and ambassador of Norway Kjell-Gunnar Eriksen also spoke on the occasion and said that these trained trainers will help in improving quality of the training, as the learners will get better perspective of the training in various trades. They extended their full support and cooperation to ensure skill development of Pakistan.

 

In the end, Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan expressed his gratitude to the ambassadors of EU, Germany, Norway and High Commissioner Australia for their long-standing support to bring reforms in the TVET sector. We are dedicated to make skill sector an instrument of providing highly skilled workforce to increase industrial productivity and competitiveness and it is only through equipping our youth with skills that our country will soon be on the path to economic growth and sustainable development, he added.

Under this special training program, a national pool of Master Trainers from various trades will be trained and certified according to the globally recognized International Training and Assessment Courses (ITAC). The training will be delivered by the Melbourne Polytechnic Institute, Australia and Institute of Tourism, Hospitality Management, Pakistan with the collaboration of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and TVET SSP.

The structure of these courses has been specifically designed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, as per the identified international TVET sectors training needs and requirements. It is also in line with international best practice for competency-based training.

As many as 120 Master Trainers will be given certificates as per the Australian Competency Based Training & Assessment (CBT&A) Framework. This will help in building the national capacity to further support the Pakistan’s National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF). The Master Trainers (MT), completing this internationally recognized training, will be from various demand-oriented trades. These MTs will then further disseminate training to TVET trainers under a cascading model approach.

The training program has been launched with the collaboration of TVET Sector Support Program, which is funded by the European Union and the governments of Germany and Norway through their implementing agency, the GIZ.

 

NAVTTC designated as sending organization for Pakistan-Japan Technical Intern-Training Program

NAVTTC is focusing on providing technical and vocational training to Pakistani youth in accordance with international standards and their placement in the international job market. In this regard, a 3 member Japanese delegation led by Mr. Yasuo Ariga, Deputy Counselor of Overseas for Ministry Labour Japan, called on Chairman and Executive Director of NAVTTC at its Headquarters today. The executive director, Dr. Nasir Khan briefed the delegation about role of NAVTTC as the apex TVET body of the country. Moreover, placement process of the prospective skilled youth through proper channels was discussed in detail in the meeting.

“It is critically important for us to not only just train our youth but also prepare them as potential ambassadors of Pakistan and for that we are imparting basic training to help them acclimatize and be easily absorbed in different destination countries”, said Mr. javed Hassan, Chairman of NAVTTC.

Dr. Nasir told the members that export of skilled labor force is the top priority as it will not only help in generating increased inflow of remittances but will also lead to the economic development of Pakistan. We have revised our curricula and various qualifications with a special focus on the needs and requirements of international markets, he added.  He briefed the delegation about placement process through NAVTTC’s job portal saying it has skill profiles of over 570,000 youth in different trades and is open to local and international employers.

The delegation also visited NAVTTC’s Job placement Center and was apprised about its operations. Mr. Yasuo Ariga appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC in skilling Pakistani youth and preparing them for international job markets and expressed desire to enhance further collaboration in future.

New Apprenticeship Model launched to enhance public-private partnership in producing a constant stream of skilled workforce

The new model will help in enhancing youth employability and increasing industrial productivity

“Each year around 2.5 million people enter the local job market while majority of them lack basic necessary skills to meet the demands of the local industry. Our biggest challenge is to ensure that every person entering the job market is equipped with modern skills with a certain amount of hands-on work experience to cater to the needs of employers’ requirements and for that we need to link up our education system with the needs of the job market”. This was said by the minister for federal education and professional training, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, while addressing the launching ceremony of “Modern Apprenticeships in Pakistan” organized by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with British Council Pakistan here at Islamabad today.

For decades, informal apprenticeships have been prevalent in Pakistan as the oldest and most effective method of producing skilled workforce but unfortunately skill development in Pakistan lacked attention and involvement of key stakeholders including employers, business community, training providers and institutes. He appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC for launching the new Apprenticeship model while realizing the need of making apprenticeship system more responsive to the changing market needs and bringing industry on board. He expressed hope that the new Apprenticeship Model will be successfully adopted and implemented in all the provinces and will provide an excellent opportunity to make our young population a vehicle of socio-economic growth and convert Pakistan into an industrial prosperous country.

“There are 3 things that I see NAVTTC to be doing in the future; firstly I believe this will be an organization to set standards for all kind of skills, secondly it will ensure a formal certification system recognized locally and internationally, and finally it will create enhanced public-private partnerships and devise practical plans for skill development for the decades ahead”, he said. “I am happy to announce that Pakistan’s first National Skill University will be established in the next few months at Islamabad where master trainers will be trained who will then train youth in the most demanded trades across the country”, he added.

“Involvement of industry in the skill development is not only necessary for social welfare but is fundamental to the economic development of Pakistan”, said Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan while addressing the ceremony. Enhanced industrial productivity depends on how effectively we train our people and for this our industry has to take a leading role for skilling Pakistani youth and in transforming our country into a 21st century nation, he added.

The executive director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, while addressing the ceremony said that Pakistan is currently facing a huge gap between supply and demand of skilled workforce. “Our annual demand for skilled workforce in the local market is more than 1 million while system has the capacity to produce only 445,000 labour force and if we include the requirements of CPEC related projects and international job market then the total annual demand reaches up to 2 million”, he said. Unfortunately Apprenticeship Ordinance, 1962 was both narrow in scope and lacked ownership by the industry. The total number of apprentices trained by the industry annually is only 40,000 while there are around 70,000 registered industries in Pakistan, he added. Apprenticeship is at the core of the entire TVET system and we need to immediately scale up the figures to ensure economic development of our country, he stressed. 73% of our total labour force comes from informal sector so we need to bring them into the mainstream economy through Recognition of Prior Learning.

James Hampson, Deputy Country Director, British Council Pakistan said that launching of the new Apprenticeship model today demonstrates the British Council’s continued commitment to the friendship between the two nations and to helping tackle issues that really matter to both countries.”  .

“The Apprenticeships Handbook is the first of its kind in Pakistan and we are proud of our partnership with NAVTTC. Everyone – from employers to apprentices, training institutes and education providers – benefits from embracing the full potential of apprenticeships, not the least businesses themselves. This is why, alongside the Handbook we are launching an apprenticeship programme, funded by the Scottish Government, which will benefit 250,000 young people”, he added.

Simon Perryman, an international consultant from UK and the author of “Apprenticeship in Pakistan: a handbook and guide” also addressed the ceremony. He said that Pakistan has a massive opportunity for economic development in the form of huge youth bulge and appreciated that skill development is the highest priority of the present government.

NAVTTC and Chinese companies to develop a joint mechanism to absorb Pakistani workforce in CPEC projects

NAVTTC and Chinese companies to develop a joint mechanism to absorb Pakistani workforce in CPEC projects

 

The Chinese companies engaged in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTCC) will develop a joint mechanism to absorb thousands of Pakistani skilled workforce in CPEC projects. This was stated by the Chinese ambassador, Yao Jing, during a meeting with the Chairman and Executive Director of NAVTTC here at NAVTTC HQs today. “To enhance further collaboration with NAVTTC, CPEC Companies Association will present a draft Memorandum of Understanding in the near future”, the ambassador said.

“China-Pakistan Economic Corridor plan was a living proof of friendship between Pakistan and China and the entire region would benefit from it, said the Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hassan. Investment in youth is the only path towards economic development, he added. At present we are producing only 400,000 skilled people each year and we are committed to add the number up to 1 million during the next 18 months, he added.

The Executive Director, Dr. Nasir Khan gave a detailed briefing to the ambassador about the initiatives of NAVTTC for successful implementation of TVET reform agendas. “Right now our priority areas include ridding 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, Dr. Khan said.”

“Socio-economic Development Group formed under CPEC framework will facilitate Pakistan in providing vocational training to its young population”, the ambassador said. He also said that his country will help establish world class technical institutions along the route of CPEC where thousands of skilled people will be trained to meet the needs of local and global markets.

Chairman thanked the Chinese ambassador on the cooperation of China and presented a memento to him.

The KPK Government would make all out efforts for the promotion of the TEVT

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would make all out efforts for the promotion of the technical and vocational education and training (TEVT) so that millions of its youth can have access to gainful employment.

 

Mr. Mohammed Salim Khan, chief secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government expressed these views at a meeting with the chairman of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Syed Javed Hassan who called on him at his office in Peshawar.

 

The meeting was attended by the Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan, Regional Director General NAVTTC KP Dr. Faheem, Managing Director KP TEVTA Syed Sajjad Shah and TVET Sector Support Programme team leader for Private Sector Engagement Mohammed Ali Khan.

 

The chairman apprised the chief secretary on the recent developments in the TVET sector including the roadmap developed for the skill development in the country as per the vision of present government.

 

He lauded the government of KP for implementation of National Vocational Qualifications Framework through the conversion of all its traditional skills training programmes into Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A), creating a paradigm shift in the improving quality of the training.

 

The chairman assured the chief secretary that NAVTTC, being the apex body of the TVET sector in the country would extend all its support for the smooth conversion and implementation of the reform in TVET sector.

 

The chief secretary Mohammed Salim Khan at this occasion said the provincial government would make headway in removing the bottlenecks for the establishment of Centre of Excellence in Peshawar, which is being established with the support of the TVET SSP, funded by the European Union and governments of Germany and Norway.

 

Later, chairman NAVTTC also paid visit to the proposed Centre of Excellence at Govt Technical Teacher Training Centre(GTTTC) Hayatabad and reviewed different trainings at the centre on various initiatives of reform.

Turkey supports Pakistan in Technical, Vocational and Training (TVET) Sector

Highly skilled youth is the crucial aspect of enhanced industrial productivity leading to increase in exports and an overall growth in the economy”. This was said by the Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, while addressing a meeting with the members of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). To increase collaboration and cooperation in the field of technical and vocational education and training, a 2-member Turkish delegation headed by the Country Coordinator of TIKA, Mr. Gokhan Umut, called on the Executive Director at NAVTTC HQs today. Dr. Khan briefed the delegation about the role of NAVTTC as the apex TVET body of Pakistan. Turkey has excelled in technical and vocational sector and we wish to learn from their best practices so that we could replicate and benefit from their expertise here in Pakistan, he said. Pakistan has a huge youth bulge and their positive engagement is the only way to peace and prosperity which can be achieved through creating more employment opportunities for them, he added. He stressed on the need for initiating more joint ventures with Turkey to enhance the capacity building of institutes, training of trainers, creation of Centers of Excellence, recognition of Pakistani qualifications and placement of Pakistani skilled workforce both inside the country and abroad. Our main focus has been on improving the quality of institutes and training during the past few years, he said. The Executive Director invited the delegation to visit a few Pakistani training institutes to witness the progress and improvement in their quality and standards of training. While acknowledging the importance and necessity of improvement in the TVET sector of Pakistan, Mr. Gokhan extended full support from Turkey for building a stronger Pakistan. He assured of more future collaboration saying the promotion of vocational training in Pakistan is one of their top priorities. He appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC for uplifting TVET sector of Pakistan through following holistic approaches which will not only create more job opportunities but also improve the living conditions for Pakistani youth. 

Sector Skill Councils launched to promote employment of skilled youth

Thursday, February 22, 2018: Leading trade and business associations within hospitality and construction sector and National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on Thursday launched the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) to train and produce the skilled workforce as demanded by the two key economic players in Pakistan. The ceremony was held at a local hotel in Islamabad hosted by NAVTTC where representatives along with leading business industry representatives from the textile, renewable energy and agriculture sector were also present. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of Pakistan and National Security Advisor Mr Sartaj Aziz said that “an interest of the private sector in the demand-driven training, as well as demand analysis of workforce, will assist greatly in the development of skilled workforce as per the need of their our industry.” He appreciated the structured approach of engaging private sector for the development of skilled workforce in Pakistan and for reducing the gap between industry and academia. He said that Sector Skills Councils can play a vital role in promoting TVET sector of Pakistan, equally benefitting the industry and government. He said that unemployment is a serious issue for our country and the only solution to this problem is to engage our youth in getting skills so that they are able to support their families. Executive Director NAVTTC Mr Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema said that the establishment of the councils will help to bridge the gap between the public-private sector for the policy alignment as well as producing qualified workforce. He said that our future is associated with the promotion of TVET sector. If it becomes the priority of government, industry and media, all of our problems may be solved. This sector has the capacity to change destiny of our nation, he stressed. He said that if the government introduced a special package for TVET sector, it would increase our economy. The Sector Skills Councils are being promoted as one initiative to support the reform of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Pakistan. They are intended to be a mechanism to secure the greater involvement of employers in the design and implementation of publicly-funded training and to increase the quality and scale of training. The initiative is supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme (SSP), which is funded by the European Union and governments of the Germany and Norway. Establishment of SSCs in textile, renewable energy and agriculture sector is also under consideration by NAVTTC to promote the public-private partnership. Aisha Khan, president of the Hospitality Sector Skills Council, declared the establishment of Sector Scheduled Councils as a historic moment, saying that it would further strengthen Pakistan’s TVET sector. She said that new trends in view of market demand will be reviewed and soon the tourism sector will also be included in the Hospitality Sector Skills Council. Shahid Rafique, president of the Construction Sector Skills Council said he would also provide On the Job training to the graduates of NAVTTC which will help them to secure jobs in CPEC projects. 

Establishment of PM-CJ Fund For Diamer Basha & Mohmand Dam

Tuesday, September 11, 2018: The Prime Minister has been pleased to call for public donations for PM-CJ Fund for Diamer Basha & Mohmand Dam. The Fund Details are shown in picture.