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STEVTA introduces demand-driven vocational training

demand-driven vocational training-3KARACHI, Oct 30, 2015:Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA)is initiating two new training schemes, which will ensure greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career.

“Private sector’s engagement in the planning and delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) is a key and that is why the STEVTA is introducing training schemes, which links the training to the market needs,” Managing Director STEVTA Mr. Syed Kaleem Makki said this while speaking at a media sensitization session here on Friday.

Competency Based Training (CBT) is one of these two new schemes, which is supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme. According to Mr. Makki, the CBT scheme is being piloted in the 12 TVET institutes of the STEVTA, saying completers of these programmes will have better prospects for employability.

The introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market.

The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. The courses would be offered in different trades including Skin Care, Hair Stylist, Beauty Therapy, Computer Operator, Auto CAD, E-commerce, Graphic Design (Print Media), Web Design and Development, Electronics Technician, Heating, Ventilation & Air-conditioning etc. Apart from Sindh, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 60 TVET institutes across the country.

The STEVTA, according to Mr. Makki, is also introducing another scheme-Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT)- with the technical assistance of TVET Reform Support Programme in its two institutes at Karachi.

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Giving details about the CVT, he said that this special programme combineslearning theory at the training institute, while on the job training in the enterprises. Within the scheme training institutes and enterprises share the responsibility for designing, delivering, assessing and funding of training courses.

Director Operations of STEVTA Syed Nazar Ali, Dr Masroor Shaikh, Dr. Lubna Mahmood Rizvi and others also spoke at the occasion and highlighted the importance of media for removing the social stigma linked with TVET and urged media to collaborate with STEVTA to achieve its goals.

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