Five-year vocational program with European assistance

May 23, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: To activate and reform technical, vocational and educational programs, a five year reform support program TVET in Pakistan is initiated with the courtesy of European Union, Dutch and German Government.

This was told by a representative of GIZ while addressing a vocational training seminar at Korangi Association of Trade and Industry KATI.

Chairman KATI Mohammad Zubair Chhaya, President Employer’s Federation of Pakistan, Khawaja Mohammad Nauman and Director Vocational Training, Nazar Ali also addressed at the occasion. Vice Chairmen, Najmul Arifeen and Niaz Ahmed and Former Chairman Akbar Farooqui and others were also present.

Mohammad Ali said that this program will be implemented at centre by NEVTTC while at province it is implemented by TEFTASEC and private sector will play a key role in it.

He said that Employer’s Federation of Pakistan will act as partner while seminars will be conducted to provide awareness through five years TVET support program in Chambers and Trade Associations.

He said that vocational education and training is least in South Asia. After Afghanistan, Pakistan ranked second in vocational education and training. He further said that in next five years, 10 lacs trained labour force will be required in world market whereas in Pakistan, 1647 organizations are providing training for only 3% people annually.

Zubair Chhaya said that we are going through the phase of experiments for the last 66 years but now we should do some practical things instead of experiment. There is a huge demand for trained labour force in the whole world. Vocational Education Training is essential to cut down the increasing unemployment from the country.

He said recognized commercial institutions do provide trained workers but workers passed out from government technical institutes are not capable. He said that there is dire need of trained labours for new automation in the industry.

He said that government technical institutions are providing training on the machines which are obsolete, welding plants of 1960 and lath machine of 1956 are being used instead of modern machines for which our private sector are ready to help.

Vice President of Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, Zaki Ahmed Khan said that commencement of skill development program is very promising and Employers Federation of Pakistan is playing his role for its promotion.

He also informed about different programs initiated by Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, i.e. NAVTTC, Annual Employees Award, English Skill Development Training Program.