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Skills training plays vital role in economic development

Skills training plays vital role in economic developmentKARACHI, March 1, 2016: Pakistan can exploit the potential of its growing young population only by equipping the boys and girls with employable skills, which are in demand in the domestic and international markets, said Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, the Executive Director National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a media briefing, Mr. Cheema said that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) can transform millions of lives, urging the media to play its due role in sensitizing the masses about its importance, utility and opportunities available in the public and private sectors.

He said the federal government in cooperation with provincial government is paying special attention for the promotion of TVET sector to improve its delivery at grass root level through various models.

He said that being the apex body NAVTTC is striving for promotion of technical education through a reform process, number of initiatives have been undertaken, including launching of first ever national TVET policy and the National Vocational and Qualification Framework (NVQF).

The reform process is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The Programme is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the GIZ in close collaboration with the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

He said that a Competency BasedTraining (CBT) programme has been launched in more than 100 institutes withexpected 20,000 pass-outs. The NAVTTC has also completed theaccreditation of 586 TVET programmes and institutes to improve qualityof TVET and create national standards.

Likewise, National Skill Information System has been made functionalin NAVTTC, besides training of 8,500 teachers in pedagogical skills,he added.

“Vocational training isthe only effective tool for poverty reduction and to produce a skilled human resource for the country,” says Mr. Cheema, urging the media to play its role in creating awareness about TVET so that the young population can shape their future.

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