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Shafqat Mahmood inaugurates NAVTTC Centre of Excellence in Modern Technologies

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood inaugurated the NAVTTC Centre of Excellence in Modern Technologies at the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission in Islamabad.

It has been established by NAVTTC with the cooperation of GIZ, European Union, Norway and Germany. The Minister emphasized the need for more Centres of Excellence which provide state of the art cutting edge technology trainings to the youth, which are in high demand internationally and in industry. NAVTTC has established COE Islamabad with multiple labs in modern technologies through donors, for Mechatronics, IT and CNC lab. The Minister further said that the government gives top priority to the TVET sector and has provided Rs.10 Billion under NAVTTC’s Prime Minister’s Skills for All – Kamyab Jawan Program, which is the flagship program of the government for providing income generating Hi-TECH skills to youth. The government continues to give a high priority to skills training especially in Hi Tech like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, cyber security etc. The government has given NAVTTC the target to produce one million skilled youth workforce, and availability of such a big skilled labour will cause a massive improvement in the jobs market and industry.

The government is focusing on the reforms in TVET Sector to bring the technical and vocational trainings in line with the requirements of the marketplace, in order to prepare the workforce with accreditation from international bodies. The Chairman NAVTTC, Syed Javed Hasan shared that NAVTTC is working hand in hand with the training partners for enhancing quality of the TVET Sector. NAVTTC has so-far successfully trained 74,736 youth in 150 High-TECH and 100 Conventional technologies with 71% employment. Another batch of 63,000 youth are being given skill trainings through 989 Training partners and reputed universities. 95% youth have expressed satisfaction over the quality of the trainings by NAVTTC.

He mentioned that Skills for All Strategy of government is working as a catalyst for imparting quality training among youth. The Executive Director NAVTTC Sajid Baloch assured that NAVTTC is fully committed to provide quality trainings and thanked the donors the EU, Germany and Norway for their valuable support to Pakistan. The Minister appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC team for accomplishing the task of establishment of CoE in Modern Technologies. NAVTTC COE Islamabad will be a Center for training of Chief Master Trainers and Master Trainers, who would then train a large number of youth in modern employable technologies. This will further pave the way towards allowing the Pakistani TVET system to sustainably improve delivery of training and assessment, career counselling and job placement.

The story originally appeared in DND

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