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GPATI training to start in June

KARACHI, May 21, 2013: All is set to commence the training activities under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) in the last week of June, paving ways for the introduction of a new approach of skill development in Pakistan.

Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) and Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT), the two training provider selected for GPATI, has finalised arrangments for initiating the training classes within their respective trades.

It was shared in the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the GPATI, which was co-chaired by Dr. Tilo Klinner, German Console General Karachi and Dr. Julie Reviere, Principal Adviser GIZ Education, held at Karachi.

The Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi, is a new approach towards creating a demand-driven, skilled workforce. This scheme is based on the German Dual Training System, and has been modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training in Pakistan. It is market-oriented and focuses on the development of an employable and highly skilled workforce to the needs of the employers.

German multinational companies based in Karachi such as BASF, BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, DB Schenker, Daimler and SIEMENS are participating in this initiative as the contributing employers, while the AMANTECH and iACT are the training providers for this project.

GPATI is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a federal enterprise, which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for a sustainable development around the globe.

The meeting was told that a large number of youth from Karachi has applied for different training courses, which range from one year to two years. The training courses to be commencing in the last week of June will follow on job training in the participating companies.

A number of Pakistani companies have also shown their interest to join the GPATI, as in the meeting Automobile Corporation of Pakistan Limited (ACPL) also announced joining it.