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Pakistan approves its first-ever TVET policy

The Government of Pakistan has approved the first-ever national policy for the technical and vocational education and training, which spell out the country’s priorities to equip youth with employable skills.

The national technical and vocational training and education (TVET) policy has been approved by the federal cabinet on May 22nd, 2018.

The national TVET policy speaks about the opportunities and the environment where youth can contribute to the economy of the country. The policy involves mechanism to formulate national standards for the development of qualifications, its implementation and training delivery based on Competency-Based-Training (CBT) system.

The national TVET policy encourages the informal sector of the economy by providing people with opportunities to gain formal certification through the system called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL). The fact that this policy provides a lead role to the private sector for the promotion and of TVET sector, at the same time it provides a platform to the youth to learn skills as per the market demand and align themselves for the job market.

TVET is seen as an integral element to achieve relevant objectives set under Vision 2025, which is key government policy document for macroeconomic development of the country. TVET helps young people to learn skills that substantially increase their potentials to attain decent jobs.

The national TVET policy has been developed with the technical assistance of TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and Governments of Germany and Norway. The Programme assists the Government of Pakistan to reform the TVET system since 2011. The Programme focuses on governance, development of quality human resource including trainees and trainers as well as creating linkages between public and private sector.

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