Karachi, December 19, 2014: The Institute for Advancing Carrers and Talents (iACT) on Friday organized a ceremony where trainees from different commercial courses being offered under the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI)were given orientation and certificates.
Dr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi was the chief guest at the event, while a number of representatives of employers and industries were present at the occasion.
GPATI is a new approach of vocational training in Pakistan, which is modeled on the German Dual Training System. This pilot project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
Under this scheme,two commercial courses of Logistics and Supply Chain Assistant and Customer Support and Sales Assistant are being offered at iACT in collaboration with leading companies of the industry as on-job training partners. This programme does not only aimat providing vocational training to the youth in Pakistan but it also provides a skilled workforce toprospective employers.
Altogether 21 students of the first batch of Logistics and Supply Chain Assistant course were awarded certificates and the students enrolled in the second batch of GPATIcourses were briefed about the programme during the event.
Dr. Klinner congratulated the graduates on successfully completing this training programme. “It’s a very proud moment for me today to hand over the certificates to the graduates, who have not only completed the commercial courses at iACT but also the majority of them have also been employed by their respective partner company. After the success of the pilot project in Karachi we now look forward to upscale GPATI on a national level. This enhancement of the training program shall further help to improve the supply and availability of manpower and employees with employable skills.”
Moreover, Syed Faheem Bukhari, Center Head iACT,identified the GPATI programme as an important professional breakthrough for the youth of Pakistan andstressed the vital efforts of public and private organizations, vocational training institutes and industry stakeholders in making this programme successful.