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GPATI to equip young Pakistanis with employable skills

KARACHI, Feb 26, 2013: For the first time in Pakistan, the German Consulate General in Karachi together with eight German companies and two vocational training institutes – AMANTECH & iACT– launched the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) for youth.

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. (BMZ), the project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through its TVET Reform Support program.

A Letter of Intent was signed in this regard by partner companies, training institutes and GIZ at the first steering committee meeting of the project held on February 26 in Karachi. The meeting chaired by the German Consul General Dr. Tilo Klinner and GIZ Principal Education Advisor Dr. Julie Reviere also discussed GPATI activities outlined for the year 2013.

GPATI is founded on the renowned concept of Dual Training System implemented effectively throughout Germany and is also successfully applied internationally. On-the Job Training (OJT) is an essential component of the project.

The objective of this training initiative is to produce a highly skilled workforce that is productive and readily available to meet the present industrial demands. The participants will have a combination of knowledge, skills and expertise that employers are searching for.

In contemporary global marketplace, availability of skilled manpower is a challenge. Well-trained work -force tailored to the needs of industry to perform specific skills and duties is scarce, that poses recruiting challenges.

In order to address the need for generating a regular stream of professionals, German multinational companies like BASF, BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, DB Schenker, Daimler and SIEMENS have come forward to partner with GPATI. Metro Pakistan will be another future partner.

Upon successful completion, the project will be replicated and extended to other multi-national companies.

Besides piloting a Cooperative (dual) Training Model, GPATI aims to build the capacity of vocational training institutes (VTIs) and employers in Pakistan to form partnerships for the implementation of German Dual Model of training.

This pilot project is expected to become a role model in creating a need- based work force and employment opportunities for the future generations. In the face of an ever-changing global market, GPATI aims to achieve international cooperation through sustainable development.