The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is all set to trigger youth skills trainings in the province as international donors-funded TVET Sector Support Programme (SSP) has handed over a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence to the KP Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KP TEVTA) established in Hayatabad, Peshawar.
The handing-over ceremony was held in Hayatabad where Advisor to Chief Minister KP Abdul Karim Khan was the chief guest.
First Secretary of the EU Delegation to Pakistan, Mr. Sven Ruesch; Cluster Coordinator for Training, Sustainable Growth and Decent Employment Opportunities, GIZ-Pakistan Olaf Handloegten; Managing Director KP TEVTA Engr. Sajjad Ali Shah and representative from the Embassy of Germany Ms. Antonia Peters attended the event.
According to details, five centers of excellence (CoEs) have been planned under the collaborative initiative of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the TVET SSP, which is funded by the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Norwegian Embassy.
These five CoEs are being established through upgradation in Islamabad, Lahore, Kotri and Hub cities.
They will provide a cascading model of teachers’ training, upscaling of skills for trainees, modern lab facilities, career counselling and job placement services under one roof.
The CoE Peshawar, which is the first one of these CoEs to be completed and launched, will foster excellence in training delivery for thousands of youth and TVET practitioners as well as will assist in the building up of a competent workforce with better job opportunities.
In his opening remarks, Olaf Handloegten from GIZ Pakistan, said it is a moment of pride for them to see the CoE in Peshawar being handed over to the KP govt.
The story originally appeared in PAKISTAN OBSERVER