One of the key weaknesses in the current Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutes in Pakistan is the lack of training equipment and machinery for trainees to acquire practical skills. As a result, trainees graduating from the current TVET system are unable to get an employable status and be employed by formal sector employers. Recognising the serious deficiency of the current system to provide quality TVET, the AMAN Foundation, through its TVET institution AMAN Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH), has designed a project to develop training simulators locally. This will help to drastically reduce the costs of such training simulators and ensure they are readily available. This project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme as part of the Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) component. The TVET Reform Support Programme is co-financed by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Federal Republic of Germany and administered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The AMAN Foundation is committed to serve neglected youths in Pakistan. Organised through AMANTECH, it provides an array of vocational training possibilities and soft skills, and thus increases access of youths to employment opportunities locally and globally.
The project objective is to improve the quality and accessibility of TVET by providing an authentic and realistic training environment through the development of locally manufactured training simulators for students, thus developing their practical skills with equipment resembling those used by industries.
The project will implement the concept of designing and developing locally made training simulators, which are customised to training scope, user friendly for teachers and students, and cost effective regarding maintenance services. For each selected trade area, Aman Tech lecturers will perform reverse engineering on imported training simulator. Once the lecturers involved in the project are familiarised with the working mechanisms and principles of the imported training simulators, the lecturers will find requisite and locally made parts to replicate the prototype training simulators. Once the prototype training simulators have proven to function effectively and efficiently, the project will replicate these training simulators for the selected 12 vocational institutes. Training on the use, servicing and maintenance of the training simulators will be given to the teachers in the 12 selected vocational institutes. These institutes will use the locally made training simulators to train their students.
As a result the project will improve the access of 2400 trainees to training simulators over a period of 12 months. The training simulators will be developed as per the need of 4 identified vocational trades, taught in 12 selected vocational institutes. Students graduating from TVET institutes will be adequately prepared for jobs in the industry through access to locally manufactured training simulators that meet the needs and requirements of Pakistan’s TVET schools. Costs for practical training will be reduced significantly. TVET students will have improved practical and employable skills.
Contact Details: Waseem Javaid, COO