LAHORE May 5, 2014: A two-day Skill Mela organized by the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) in collaboration with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme was kicked off, attracting a large number of youth and students here on Monday.
The two-day Skill Mela, being held at Children Library Complex, is an attempt to sensitize the youth about the importance of being skilled and the training opportunities for them. The Mela is being organized with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) of the PVTC set up their respective stalls and products of the trainees on this occasion. While some of the stalls also had the success stories from a number of vocational training projects, which have been funded through a Fund for Innovative Training, created under the TVET Reform Support Programme.
PVTC has been one of the major recipients of funds under FIT projects, which have been set up under the TVET Reform Support Programme to train 100,000 trainees through innovative training projects.On the side-lines of the exhibition, a seminar was also organized, where experts shed light on different aspects of the TVET system and the ongoing reform. On this occasion, impacts of these FIT projects were also shared.
PVTC has set up 07 state of the art labs and class rooms of Welder / Fabricator and Industrial Garments Stitching trades in central and southern Punjab through 07 FIT projects, which have been completed.These completed projects benefited directly 492 people, while numberof indirect beneficiaries are 3590.
PVTC has received funding for a new project from FIT under which training in Halal butchery is being imparted to men and women from Lahore. This project is being implemented in VTI Green Town Lahore.
Speaking on the occasion chief guest Malik Nadeem Kamran Minister said that PVTC is doing a remarkable job in the field of vocational Training keeping in view the services of PVTC in the field of rehabilitation of poor people he has directed the Z & U department to enhance PVTC’s funds. He further added that mission of PVTC is a mission of Punjab Government. Infect PVTC is working day and night to realize the dream of CM Punjab.
Chairman PVTC Faisal Ejaz Khan, Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme Hans Ludwig Burns and others also spoke on the occasion.