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Journey of Ten Years: Exhibition of TVET Reforms in Sindh and Balochistan

TVET Sector Support Programme Organized Showcasing Ceremony of TVET Reforms in Karachi

Karachi December 14, 2021: The Donor-funded TVET Sector Support Programme organized the ‘Showcasing of TVET Reforms in Sindh and Balochistan’ – A ceremony to highlight programme’s result of a decade-long efforts. The event was organized at a local hotel in Karachi.  TVET Sector Support Programme collaborated with the Government of Pakistan to bring reforms in the TVET sector since 2011. Launch of TVET Policy, National Vocational Qualification Framework, Competency-based training approach and engagement of private sector in the reform process are the key paradigm-shifts brought by the Government of Pakistan in the past 10 years with the support of Programme.

The Programme is funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. It has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and large number of private sector organizations. 

The event was graced by His Excellency German Consul General in Karachi Mr. Holger Ziegeler, Chief Secretary Sindh, Mumtaz Ali Shah, Country Director GIZ Pakistan Mr. Tobias Becker, Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hassan and all the stakeholders of TVET Sector Support Programme. Iris Cordelia Rotzoll-Head of TVET Sector Support Programme, representatives of TVET academia, private sector representatives from Sindh, NAVTTC and Sindh and Balochistan TEVTA attended the event. The showcase event of TVET reforms in Sindh and Balochistan, started with a gallery tour followed by the presentation of “‘Changing Lives through Skills: A Book of the TVET Sector Support Programme, Pakistan’ | A rundown of WB in Pakistan”, recognition of TVET reforms from stakeholders and notable remarks by Chief Guests and representatives from the TVET Sector in Pakistan. 

In the welcome remarks, Ms. Iris Cordelia Rotzoll, Head of TVET Sector Support Programme, said “TVET reforms initiated in 2011 by the Government of Pakistan was the best initiative for the people of Pakistan especially for the youth to bring them in the mainstream of skilled work force. We can now say proudly that TVET Sector Support Programme assists the Government of Pakistan in the great cause and it achieved the best output”. 

Speaking about the TVET Sector Support Programme in the ceremony, Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hassan said that “programmes like TVET SSP are essential to bring opportunities for youth to compete in the national and international labour markets. NAVTTC in close collaboration with the GIZ are equipping many young people with competency-based trainings and preparing them for employment opportunities for skilled workers”.

Mr. Tobias Becker, Country Director GIZ Pakistan said that, ‘Pakistan is a country with great potential not only in physical resources but in human resource too. What we had to do was to polish the skills of people of Pakistan to their fullest and they emerged as the best skilled for working in national and international labour market as well. TVET Sector Support Programme being the flagship programme of GIZ not only in Pakistan but across the world, I am happy to see these results and I am hopeful for future collaboration with more results still.” 

Speaking at the occasion, HE Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi, Mr. Holger Ziegeler said that, “on behalf of the German Government, I am seeing a great potential in not only relying on jobs but entrepreneurship models and development of small and medium level enterprises for people to benefit from economic opportunities in Pakistan. We hope that this initiative continues to bring change in the lives of people of Pakistan and will to ensure sustainable growth for the society and the economy of Pakistan. Having supported the TVET sector in Pakistan for more than a decade, the German Government is now calling on the Pakistani Government and the private sector to ensure the sustainability of our joint efforts and achievements.” 

While addressing the event, the chief guest Mr. Mumtaz Ali Shah said, “A decade back we were at the infancy stage where we only thought of reforms in TVET sector but after a decade with the support of European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Pakistan is moving towards sustainable socio-economic growth. Our huge pool of young graduates entering the job market every year can now have maximum job opportunities and entrepreneurship options to avail through their skills polished thanks to TVET SSP.”   

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