“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.