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.