Islamabad Dec 06, 2021: TVET Sector Support Programme funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, organized a webinar “Gender-parity in TVET for Socio-economic Prospects of Pakistan” to emphasize on the inclusion of women in labour market through skills development. The Programme has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and large number of private sector organizations.
The webinar was arranged to aware the general public about the significance of technical education and vocational training for women to access and excel in the labour market. The aim of the webinar was to spread the word about the significance of skills enhancement of women and highlight the challenges which are faced in real life leading to gender-incomparability in TVET as well as labour market. TVET Sector Support Programme has been striving since the inception of its second face for more women inclusion through access and conducive environment so that more technical skills are learnt by women and the gender-gap is reduced for a durable, positive and strong impact on economic productivity.
Mr Markus Strohmeier- Managing Director and CEO Siemens Pakistan, Mr Tobias Becker- Country Director- GIZ Pakistan, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir Senior Vice President, FPCCI and Ms. Qurrat Ul Ain Naveed Entrepreneur, Skills and Entrepreneurship Expert were the worthy panellists of the webinar. The webinar was streamed live on the social media accounts of TVET Sector Support Programme (Twitter and Facebook) and Twitter and LinkedIn accounts of GIZ-Pakistan.
In the webinar, Moderator Sonia Omair- Development Communication Advisor GIZ Pakistan, discussed about the significance of Gender-parity in TVET for socio-economic Prospects of Pakistan.
Giving his expert opinion in the webinar, Mr Markus Strohmeier- Managing Director and CEO Siemens Pakistan said that; Public-private partnership in the TVET Sector Support Programme is the way forward for the inclusion of women, it is the means to polish their skills, and to compete and achieve their goals.”
Mr Tobias Becker- Country Director- GIZ Pakistan while stating the role of GIZ Pakistan on behalf of the German Development Cooperation in implementing TVET reforms in Pakistan mentioned that “We can blissfully say that GIZ Pakistan and in the partnership with NAVTCC implementing the TVET Sector Support Programme is delighted to see the positive outcome of the Programme. People of Pakistan are willing to enhance their skills. They are ready to compete in the international labour market. Moreover, from the 50,000 vocational graduates of TVET SSP, more than 30 % of them are women. This clearly demonstrates that women can succeed in a gender-inclusive TVET.”
Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir Senior Vice President, FPCCI expressed that “For Pakistan to develop and to acquire sustainability in social and economic aspects, everybody should play their part. It is essential to provide accurate pathways for women for accessing new opportunities and for facilitating a high participation of women in the labour market.”
Addressing the webinar, Ms. Qurrat Ul Ain Naveed Entrepreneur, Skills and Entrepreneurship Expert remarked that: “Technically and vocationally trained youth, especially women are an asset for the country. The TVET Sector Support Programme contributes to making women confident and empowered. Skills of women are enhanced by training programmes like TVET SSP.”
The webinar addressed the topics of gender balance, equity, improved access and quality of skills training. Technically trained youth, and particularly more women, contributing to the labour market will lead to a promising future of the country.