ISLAMABAD, March 3, 2014: National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on Monday organized an awareness session for the experts from Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) on the National Skills Information System to familiarize and enhance their capacity.
The awareness training was held via video conferencing with the representatives of TEVTAs from all the seven regions of Pakistan.
National Skills Information System (NSIS) is a nation-wide network for collecting Labour Market Information (LMI) and to make it readily available for policy formulations and programme designs conceived to implement the National Skills Strategy (NSS).
The NSIS has been developed with the technical assistance of the TVET Reform Support Programme, whcih is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
As new policies and programmes are being developed for implementing NSS the timely provision of relevant information has become increasingly important. The existing information system on labour market does not meet the requirement and given the centrality of information–sharing it is important for the government to own this initiative.
Important aspects of TVET on which LMI provided critical information were discussed during the training which included; market needs, skill required, capacity of technical institutions, enrollments, pass-outs, drop-outs, acceptability of standard by public and private sectors, school to work transition, time spent on getting employment, relevancy of work with skills acquired, and unemployment.
Trainers were of the view that the availability of information on aspects mentioned above was a pre-requisite for employment generating policies, Human Resource Development, education and TVET policy formulation and programme design, undertaking Vocational Guidance and Career Counseling, Job Placement, providing feedback to the education and TVET.
The training was attended by 100 participants including 21 females and 70 males. Most of the participants, except a few, had not received any awareness training on NSIS prior to attending this training. The pre-training evaluation revealed that over a third of the participants had a very little knowledge of the basic training concepts.