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Punjab set to launch GPATI

GPATI-LahoreLAHORE, 21 Nov 2013: The Punjab government has decided to replicate Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), launched early this year in Karachi by the German Consulate General, to provide market oriented skills to the youth.

To prepare the launching of GPATI in Punjab, which is expected next month, a seminar was organized by the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Punjab-TEVTA) in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which supports German government to achieve its objective of sustainable development in the field of international cooperation around the globe.

In the seminar Chairman Punjab TEVTA Irfan Ali, Chief Operating Officer Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, GIZ Advisor Dr. Ute Hoffmann and other experts spoke and shared information about the implementation of GPATI, which is initially piloted in Karachi with the support of German and Pakistani companies and training providers and recommend putting in place the required infrastructure in Punjab.

Punjab-TEVTA, being the main implementing body for replicating GPATI in Punjab has already done the required homework and is ready to launch the project in Lahore by mid of December.

GPATI is modeled on the German Dual Training System, which is a globally accepted vocational training approach and is being employed successfully in Germany since long. Dual Training System engages youth in a skilled form of occupational activity through an extensive training program in a changing working environment. It’s a combination of on job training at companies/industries and learning at vocational institutes. This unique model system of skill development has been modified as per Pakistan’s local environment and needs, making it a cooperative training form to benefit both the employers and workers. Through this approach, employers will have a skilled workforce readily available to them to place in the areas of need. The prospective employees, on the other hand, will gain the necessary occupational experience.

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