Government focused on transforming Technical Training for youth empowerment and national development: Shafqat Mehmood, Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training

—NAVTTC‘s mega project “Hunarmand Pakistan” will transform the skill sector of the country: Shafqat Mehmood

“The government is fully committed to reform the skill sector of Pakistan that will not only ensure a prosperous future for our young people but also the country”. This was said by the Minister for Federal Education & professional Training, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood during his visit to the new building of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in Islamabad today. Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hasan and the Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, briefed the Minister on the 14 components of Hunarmand Pakistan programme, a component of Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan programme, under which NAVTTC is initiating 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.

“Hunarmand Pakistan is a unique and comprehensive program aimed at skilling our most precious national asset, youth, by creating employment opportunities for their social and economic uplift and enabling them to play pivotal role in the national development”, the Minister said. It presents both challenges and opportunities for NAVTTC to bring reforms in the skill sector of the country”, he added. The Minister emphasized on a uniform certification regime that would serve as a gold standard and would be recognized both in the local and international market. He also stressed that selection of the best TVET institutes based on merit and transparency must be ensured which is paramount to the overall success of Hunarmand Pakistan programme.

“We are focused on imparting quality training to our youth which is the only way to guarantee maximum employability to our TVET graduates”, said the chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hasan.

“This huge project envisages the reform agenda of TVET sector of Pakistan, and has been developed after extensive deliberations and feedback from key stakeholders from across the country incorporating all eight identified interventions as prescribed in the roadmap by the Task Force on Technical and Vocational Education, the Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan. The meeting was also attended by all the Regional Director Generals of NAVTTC. The key components of this program include development and standardization of 200 technical and vocational qualifications, international accreditation of 50 Pakistani TVET institutes, extension of NAVTTC’s Job Portal with National Exchange Portal, establishment of 75 smart Tech labs for virtual skill development programs & distant learning programs, establishment of 10 country-of-destination specific facilitation centers, establishment of 70 labs/workshops in Madrassah(s), Skill development training of  50000 youth in High-end technologies, training to 50000 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 20000 youth in industry under Apprenticeship Act 2018, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 50000 youth to bring informally trained workers into the national mainstream, establishment of National Skills Accreditation Council at Islamabad, accreditation of 2000 TVET institutes across Pakistan, and establishment of 50 incubation centers to promote self employment and entrepreneurship in skilled youth.

The minister appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC to uplift the TVET sector of Pakistan and said the effective execution and implementation of the program will transform the skill development of the country. The Minister also planted a sapling at the new premises of NAVTTC.