ISLAMABAD, Jan 10, 2012: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NVTTC) is formulating a labour market information framework, enabling Pakistan to introduce a mechanism of collecting and forecasting the information about demand and supply of the technically skilled workforce at national level.
To this end, a specialized Labour Market Information Unit (LMIU) is being set up at NAVTTC headquarters in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme, a multilateral initiative funded by European Union, Kingdom of Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany, and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
To discuss and agree upon a roadmap for Labour Market Information (LMI) framework between NAVTTC and provincial and national key stakeholders, a one-day workshop was held here on Thursday, jointly organized by the NAVTTC, UNIDO and TVET Reform Support Programme.
Executive Director NAVTTC Tariq Shafi Chak, Chairperson Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Arif Saeed, Chairman Punjab Vocational Training Council Faisal Ejaz Khan, Director Administration Sindh TEVTA Dr. Masroor Sheikh, Secretary AJK TEVTA Khalid Niaz, Director General Technical Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prof Shakeel Ahmed and heads of different public sector institutes and departments participated in the workshop.
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director NAVTTC Tariq Shafi Chak said effective public policy greatly relies on credible and authentic information and data. In case of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector of Pakistan this information is not sufficiently available, There is no mechanism available, which can feed the policymakers in terms of forecasting the skill needs both on the demand and supply side.
The NAVTTC, being the apex body for TVET sector, he said, intends having an LMI system that should give a real time picture of the labour market demands. This is a gigantic task involving both the public sector entities, working at national and provincial level, and the private sector, particularly the enterprises and industry. He said NAVTTC would work closely with all these stakeholders in a participatory way, as without their active participation this task cannot be completed.
During the workshop, Jan de Voogd, a consultant of TVET Reform Support Programme, Mehran Gul and Taimur Alam from UNIDO presented a roadmap for putting in place LMI framework in Pakistan, which consists of three different phases with indicative timelines.
Chairperson Punjab TEVTA Arif Saeed and Director Administration Sindh TEVTA Dr. Masroor Sheikh shared their experiences of creating labour market databases and services within their respective organizations with agreement to carry them forward for a national level mechanism. At the end it was agreed to constitute a technical working group, consisting of representatives of federal and provincial entities to further conduct the implementation of the roadmap.