Lahore, November 23, 2017: “Women can play a vital role through their keen social and economic understanding and involvement for a prosper growth of self, household and community.” These remarks were made by Minister Finance Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha in a workshop held at a local hotel in Lahore to promote the role of women in technical and vocational education (TVET).
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman Punjab Technical and Vocational Training Authority (P-TEVTA) Mr Irfan Qaiser Shaikh said that training under latest trades is providing opportunities to women for better learning and employment opportunities.
Gender equality and uneven economic opportunities for women in the TVET sector are the challenges that country is currently facing through. Improved participation in decision making and increased access to the training and learning opportunities may help in mitigating these challenges. Availability of relevant skills and trades through skill-building and competencies and employment prospects may instil a trend of better economic growth for women on the rural and urban level.
Dr Mujtaba Paracha, Secretary Industries opined that the collaboration among chambers, business and industry associations and training authority, institutes and vocational council can add benefit to boost the economic sectors like textile, hospitality etc. and promote the women participation.
The workshop was organized by Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lahore in collaboration with the support of TVET Sector Support Programme funded by funded by the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany.
The TVET Sector Support Programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) as well as provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and private sector organizations promotes women’s full and effective participation at all levels and advocate maximum opportunities for employment. The programme also undertakes multiple interventions to enhance the use of enabling technology for accessing labour and economic market through multiple measures.