Islamabad July 30th, 2019: Policymakers and experts at a national conference here on Tuesday stressed the need for a national framework to ensure unified and standardized vocational training in the country.
They expressed their views at the first-ever Conference on the National Vocational Qualifications Framework: Opportunities & Challenges”. The conference was inaugurated by the Federal Minster for Federal Education and Professional Training Mr. Shafqat Mehmood. The conference was attended by experts, policymakers and representatives of the private sector from across the country.
Speaking at the ceremony the minister highlighted that the government is working on streamlining the education in the country. He said TVET is an imperative factor for the youth of Pakistan and cannot be ignored, saying delivery of vocational training based on national standards is a key to improve the employment perspectives of the youth.
He termed the launch of NVQF as a remarkable step in this regard. He urged that provinces shall play their vital role in implementation of the NVQF in its true spirit.
NAVTTC launched Pakistan’s first-ever National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) in 2015 to standardize and streamline the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Pakistan. The NVQF is a key component for establishing a coherent national system of vocational training, curriculum, and through implementation of Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBT&A).
The Deputy Head of Mission at the European Union Delegation to Pakistan Anne Marshal said that EU since 2011 is supporting government of Pakistan for bringing reforms in TVET sector. The standardization of the TVET sector through implementation of NVQF will pave way for a better TVET system in the country.
The ambassador of Germany (name) and Norway Mr. Kjelle Gunnar Eriksen said that the implementation of NVQF will help government to upscale the implementation of National Skills Strategy and help in achieving Naya Pakistan as per the vision of prime minister.
The Executive Director Dr. Nasir Khan said that NAVTTC has worked upon equivalencies of the NVQF levels with the general education system to synchronize the TVET system with the ongoing educations level. NAVTTC will continue upscaling the curriculum as well as bring in more trades as per the industry’s demand.
The NVQF is a key component in the establishment of the coherent national system of qualifications, assessment and training that will support implementation of the national goals expressed in the NSS and the national TVET policy. The main purpose of NVQF is to improve the quality of outcomes, increase the quality of skills and provide sufficient knowledge that meets the needs of industry. The NVQF integrates formal, in-formal and non-formal achievement, which results into increased accessibility to the recognition of skills.
The implementation of NVQF has been supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and Governments of Germany and Norway. The Programme assists the Government of Pakistan to reform the TVET system since 2011. The Programme focuses on governance, development of quality human resource including trainees and trainers as well as creating linkages between public and private sector.