National Skills for All Strategy 2018

To make it compatible with the skill needs of both Pakistani youth and industry, TVET sector in Pakistan require reforms at all levels from policy formulation, execution, and delivery to the impact. Realizing this need, NAVTTC has embarked on comprehensive reforms strategy for the country’s TVET sector, based on the principles of enhancing, capacity, quality, access, and relevance. A national level strategy has been formulated in consultation with all key stakeholders, which is aligned with the 12th Five Year Plan (2019-23), Pakistan Vision-2025, and National TVET Policy. The strategy has been developed under a framework that aims to revamp and uplift the entire TVET sector by identifying key issues and taking quantitative and quantitative measures to address them. Task Force was constituted, under Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training with representation from all federal and provincial TVET stakeholders, to devise a comprehensive strategy for skill development in the country; NAVTTC spearheaded the proceedings of this initiative. Based on the notified terms of reference, the Task Force identified eight (08) key areas that required immediate Government intervention for proceeding towards a vibrant, responsive, and productive TVET system. These eight areas are mentioned below:

  1. Improving Governance to remove fragmentation/duplications leading to systemic wastages
  2. Exploring Multi-source Funding to pursue a broad-based reform agenda
  3. Capacity Enhancement to create more and more training opportunities
  4. Quality Assurance to bring quality of skills at par with national-international requirements
  5. Access and equity for providing equal opportunities to such marginalized segments of society as females, orphans, special people, youth from less developed areas etc.
  6. Industry ownership to enhance both relevance of training and youth employability
  7. Skill development for international market for increasing foreign remittances
  8. TVET communication plan to increase image of skill sector

      To implement the above recommendations of taskforce, a comprehensive skill development program is prepared and being implemented by NAVTTC i.e. Prime Minister’s Hunarmand Pakistan (Skills for All) Program under Kamyab Jawan Initiatives with following 14 areas of interventions covered under this program:

  1. Development & Standardization of 200 TVET Qualifications
  2. International Accreditation of 50 Pakistani TVET institutes with joint degree programs
  3. Extension of NAVTTC’s Job Portal into National Employment Exchange Portal
  4. Establishing 75 Smart Tech Labs for virtual skill development programs
  5. Establishing 10 country of destination specific facilitation centers
  6. Establishing 70 vocational labs in Madrassas
  7. Skill development program for 50,000 youth belonging to less developed areas
  8. Skill development training of 50,000 Youth in High-End technologies
  9. Apprenticeship training of 20,000 youth in industry under Apprenticeship Act-2018
  10. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 50,000 youth
  11. Establishment of National Accreditation Council – placed at ICT
  12. Accreditation of 2,000 TVET Institutes all across Pakistan
  13. Training of 2,500 TVET teachers in international best TVET practices
  14. Establishment of 50 Business Incubation Centers

Both in terms of scope and outreach, this is the largest intervention in the TEVT sector of the country. The 14 areas of interventions proposed under the Skills for All Strategy will serve as a catalyst for kicking off the transformation of the entire TVET system in the country. It is also expected that with the initiation of this program, the long overdue process of TVET sector reforms and transformation will initiate which increasingly attract other stakeholders- the provincial governments, industry and private sector, and the donors- to contribute their parts in bringing Pakistani TVET sector at par with international standards. A Total number of approximately 170,000 skilled and certified workforce will readily be available after successful implementation of this program.