Lahore, 19 May, 2022: The donor-funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector Support Programme (SSP) today handed-over seven digital learning aids/ simulators to the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Mughalpura an institute of the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA). The learning aids were produced by the graduates trained under the workplace-based training model in Sindh under TVET SSP. The Centre of Excellence in Mughalpura, where the ceremony was held, has also been upgraded with the support of TVET SSP.
A total of 51 simulators have been produced with the support of TVET SSP in 4 institutes in Sindh. A total of 23 simulators will be delivered to Punjab TEVTA institutes in Lahore, Okara, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Lodhran and Sargodha. Private sector enterprises have played a key role in research and development, assembling as well as quality assurance of the simulators during the production process. These learning aids/ simulators will be vital for competency-based training delivery in automobile, HVAC, electrical and renewable energy related trades.
Speaking at the ceremony, in her welcome remarks, Ms Iris Cordelia Rotzoll, Head of TVET Sector Support Programme said, “The innovative ways of promotion of TVET reforms in Pakistan is our key success factor. When we started the reforms process in partnership with NAVTTC in 2011, the governance reforms and introducing competency-based training (CBT) were at the core of our work. Now after a decade, we can clearly witness the progress by seeing TVET through competency-based training methods becoming the mainstream in the technical education arena of Pakistan, we can surely say that Pakistan is on the right path for TVET reforms”.
Speaking at the ceremony, First Secretary, Team Leader Governance and Education, European Union Delegation to Pakistan Mr Sven RUESCH said, “The European Union Delegation in Pakistan has been supporting the promotion of technical and vocational skills learning and policy reforms for more than a decade now. Our assistance to the TVET sector in Pakistan exceeds 90 million Euros and we aim to continue our support in the coming years. We are very glad to see that the seeds of our efforts are now bearing fruit.”
Giving closing remarks in the ceremony Director General Operations Punjab TEVTA, Mr. Rao Rashid said, “The Provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs), in close collaboration with the TVET Sector Support Programme, are equipping many young people with competency-based training and preparing them for employment opportunities for skilled workers. With the help of these learning aid in the form of simulators, young men and women can come forward and learn innovative skills”.
The event was attended by development partners, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, staff of the CoE and media representatives. The TVET Sector Support Programme is funded by the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan: Offering Career Advisory & Entrepreneurship Training to returnees and local Pakistanis
The TVET Sector Support Programme under its component ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ organized a workshop on ‘Career Advisory and Entrepreneurship’, to help returnees and local Pakistanis to achieve socio-economic stability. A 2-days-long workshop was organized at a local hotel in Lahore where participants from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the session. As-many-as 90 participants including 51 women from the fashion designing and electrician profession participated in this workshop.
The focus of the training was on encouraging participants to develop positive mindsets and find right and effective ways for economic growth for themselves. Development of business plan, role plays, and mock interviews helped the attendees to get ready for the business start-ups. Furthermore, participants interested in securing micro loans for small businesses were briefed on the access to microfinancing institutions.
Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan is supporting returnees and the local Pakistanis (non-returnees) by offering them quick and effective start-up opportunities. The component will support a total of 15,000 individuals, including 6,500 returnees from Germany and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries through various support measures including Career and Entrepreneurship Advisory Services, Competency-based Training & Assessments, Recognition of Prior Learning, and Employment Promotion.