MINGORA, Feb 24, 2016: The chairman of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KP-TEVTA) Arshad Umerzai here on Wednesday said that technical and vocational education and training is vital for economic development of the province and would also reduce the unemployment among youth.
He was addressing a ceremony at the Government College of Technology (GCT) Mingora after formally launching the first-ever training programme for Micro Hydel Power (MHP) technicians.
The new training scheme is aimed at produce technicians for MHP plants, as a step to exploit the natural resource of by producing cheap electricity as well as equipping the youth with employable skills.
Initially, the 21-month course has been started at GCT Mingora, while the KP TEVTA has plans to replicate the course in other institutes of the province as well.
This new training programme is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements this Programme in close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and provincial TEVTAs.
Highlighting the importance of training course, the chairman KP TEVTA further said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is blessed with natural resource of water, which can alone produce almost 40,000MW hydel power.
“The introduction of this new training programme would help the local young people to get better jobs within their own region” he told the audience.
He said that such initiatives would also help the country find solutions to energy crisis through the alternate sources of renewable energy and would open up new opportunities and occupations for skilled workforce The 20 candidates who have been selected for the course appreciated the course outline and content and hoped that this will help them secure decent jobs.
The teachers of the course have been specially trained in Center of Excellence in Indonesia for a month and special equipment to provide practical orientation to trainees have been imported from Indonesia to help gain marketable knowledge among trainees.