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Centre & provinces to work hand-in-hand for TVET sector reform

provincial-Center-GPATI-1LAHORE, Dec 5 2013: The federation and the federating units have reaffirmed commitment to join hands for effective implementation of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector reform and offer uniform skill development opportunities to the youth.

A consensus on different aspects of the implementation of the ongoing TVET sector reform was reached at first-ever meeting of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC), constituted jointly by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission and provincial Technical Education & Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs), held here on Thursday. Punjab TEVTA hosted the first session with the assistance of TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by the GIZ in Pakistan.

Executive Director NAVTTC Capt (Retd) Tariq Masood chaired the meeting of the IPCC, where senior officers from all the provincial and regional TEVTAs including Azad Jammu & Kashmir participated. In his opening remarks, Mr. Masood said revamping of the TVET sector is need of the hour, saying only an effective and well-functioning TVET system can equip millions of youth with employable skills. He underlined the need of close cooperation among the provinces and the federal government for ensuring uniformity and standards.

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The IPCC has been constituted to promote and ensure effective implementation of the TVET sector reforms at different stages. It will serve as a platform for coordination among the federation and the federating units for improving the quality of skill development and bring harmonization to the delivery system. Jawad Ahemd Quershi, Chief Operating Officer Punjab TEVTA, gave a presentation on setting up of TEVTA and new developments happening at the Punjab level. He said the Punjab TEVTA can assist other provinces as well to put in place an unified structure of training delivery through bodies like TEVTAs.

Representatives from NAVTTC, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also shared their ongoing work regarding reforming the Apprenticship Ordinance 1962, involvement of the private sector in TVET and implementation of TEVT sector reform respectively.

Dr. Julie Reviere, Principal Advisor TVET Reform Support Programme/GIZ, explained different aspects of the TVET sector reforms, urging all the stakeholders to work closely to achieve targets set under the reform agenda.

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