PESHAWAR, July 14, 2014: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) have devised a comprehensive plan to introduce for the first-time competency based training in selected technical education and vocational training (TVET) institutes across Pakistan.

Implementation of this new training approach, which will cause a paradigm shift the way TVET delivery is done currently in Pakistan, will start in September this year.

Plan devised for producing qualified skilled workforceThis was shared at a workshop organized by the NAVTTC in collaboration with the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by theDeutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Apart from a large number of TVET experts, government officials, chairman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Agency (TEVTA) NaumanWazir, Secretary Technical Education FATA Abid Majeed, Director General NAVTTC (S&C) Muhammad Yayha, National Deputy Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme Raja Saad Khan attended the session.

Speaking on the occasion, the experts underlined the importance of competency based training, saying currently the curricula being implemented in the TVET institutes have limited linkage with the industry and the businesses. As a result, the trainees even after finishing their training are unable to fulfill the needs of the job market.

With competency based training approach, however, the trainees will learn in a comparatively real work place environment, as the industry or employer will have a direct role in identifying the skills needed, designing of curricula and assessment of the trainees, explained an official involved with the new training approach.

Plan devised for producing qualified skilled workforce-1During the session, the KP TEVTA officials identified a number of trades and institutes where the competency based training programmes can be initiated by September, when the new academic session will begin in KP.

As per the plan, the NAVTTC will have similar workshops in Karachi, Lahore and Muzaffarabad to complete the identification and selection of 60 institutes and trades for the implementation of competency based training, which is being supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme.

After successful implementation of these 60 training programmes, it will be gradually replicated to all the training institutes, which will make Pakistan among many countries where TVET system is being overhauled with a view to increase the engagement of the private sector in the training delivery.

Elated with the knowledge he has gained during the first year of his two-year course in Electrical Engineering Owais Iqbal is refreshed as he narrates his experience.


“I found out about this course from a friend of my brother who was studying here. Electrical Engineering is something I have always been passionate about. Even as a kid I would try to fix whatever was broken down in the house before giving it over to an expert,” he says it was his passion which led him to get a diploma in Associate Engineering before he got enrolled for this course being offered at the AMANTECH in collaboration with BASF under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI).

The course is divided into four parts following the German Dual Training concept, being implemented through GPATI in a modified form. During the first year, six-month teaching and practical training at the AMANTECH is followed by six-month work experience at BASF. The second year involves rigorous training for the first six months at the AMANTECH followed by a more advanced nature of work experience at BASF. The days in the week are divided between classes of different subjects including Science, Mathematics, Safety, the English language as well as Computer and Soft Skills.

Owais explains why he finds the concept rewarding and the course interesting: “At AMANTECH, we spend the first half of the day studying circuits and the second half doing practice. All facilities are available here and teachers are also brilliant. They teach us with heart. If we make a mistake, they show us where we went wrong and encourage us to try again. It really helps when you are taught something and then shown how it works in real life.”

He finds Soft Skills as another important component of the course. “We were taught about how to talk to people and how to communicate in a polite manner. We were also taught what the proper way to eat was. We were even helped with the way we dressed. I never knew one should not wear a striped shirt with striped trouser. Now I do!” says a beaming Owais, smartly dressed in a white striped shirt with blue trouser.

Owais has been through a varied curriculum at the AMANTECH before moving to BASF where he works as on-the-job-trainee in the core system of the company. For the first twenty days at BASF he along with other students went through an extensive orientation process. “We were shown how the company worked and what its different departments were responsible for. Now we are assigned to the Technicians who supervise our work. It is a great experience. I feel responsible for the company, I feel like being a part of it all!”

KARACHI, Feb 26, 2013: For the first time in Pakistan, the German Consulate General in Karachi together with eight German companies and two vocational training institutes - AMANTECH & iACT– launched the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) for youth.

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. (BMZ), the project is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through its TVET Reform Support program.

A Letter of Intent was signed in this regard by partner companies, training institutes and GIZ at the first steering committee meeting of the project held on February 26 in Karachi. The meeting chaired by the German Consul General Dr. Tilo Klinner and GIZ Principal Education Advisor Dr. Julie Reviere also discussed GPATI activities outlined for the year 2013.

GPATI is founded on the renowned concept of Dual Training System implemented effectively throughout Germany and is also successfully applied internationally. On-the Job Training (OJT) is an essential component of the project.

The objective of this training initiative is to produce a highly skilled workforce that is productive and readily available to meet the present industrial demands. The participants will have a combination of knowledge, skills and expertise that employers are searching for.

In contemporary global marketplace, availability of skilled manpower is a challenge. Well-trained work -force tailored to the needs of industry to perform specific skills and duties is scarce, that poses recruiting challenges.

In order to address the need for generating a regular stream of professionals, German multinational companies like BASF, BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, DB Schenker, Daimler and SIEMENS have come forward to partner with GPATI. Metro Pakistan will be another future partner.

Upon successful completion, the project will be replicated and extended to other multi-national companies.

Besides piloting a Cooperative (dual) Training Model, GPATI aims to build the capacity of vocational training institutes (VTIs) and employers in Pakistan to form partnerships for the implementation of German Dual Model of training.

This pilot project is expected to become a role model in creating a need- based work force and employment opportunities for the future generations. In the face of an ever-changing global market, GPATI aims to achieve international cooperation through sustainable development.

KARACHI, May 21, 2013: All is set to commence the training activities under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) in the last week of June, paving ways for the introduction of a new approach of skill development in Pakistan.

Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) and Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT), the two training provider selected for GPATI, has finalised arrangments for initiating the training classes within their respective trades.

It was shared in the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the GPATI, which was co-chaired by Dr. Tilo Klinner, German Console General Karachi and Dr. Julie Reviere, Principal Adviser GIZ Education, held at Karachi.


The Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi, is a new approach towards creating a demand-driven, skilled workforce. This scheme is based on the German Dual Training System, and has been modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training in Pakistan. It is market-oriented and focuses on the development of an employable and highly skilled workforce to the needs of the employers.

German multinational companies based in Karachi such as BASF, BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, DB Schenker, Daimler and SIEMENS are participating in this initiative as the contributing employers, while the AMANTECH and iACT are the training providers for this project.

GPATI is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a federal enterprise, which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for a sustainable development around the globe.

The meeting was told that a large number of youth from Karachi has applied for different training courses, which range from one year to two years. The training courses to be commencing in the last week of June will follow on job training in the participating companies.

A number of Pakistani companies have also shown their interest to join the GPATI, as in the meeting Automobile Corporation of Pakistan Limited (ACPL) also announced joining it.

Karachi, June 2, 2013: Around 183 candidates appeared to participate in the entrance test for the training courses offered by the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) at the Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH).

The potential trainees signed up for training courses such as machining, bench fitting, general electric, electronics, welding & fabrication, and automobile.

Of the successful candidates 165 applicants will be invited to become part of the GPATI; a new skills development schemed initiated by the German Consulate in Karachi in collaboration with several German and Pakistani companies.

GPATI is a skills development programme based on a famous German Dual Training System model, which has been modified according to the particular environment and needs of Pakistan. Following this model, trainees receive theoretical training at training centres, while on the job training is imparted at the companies in real time workplace environments.

Under the GPATI, German companies such as BASF, BMW, DHL, Lind, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, Metro, DB Schenker, Mercedes, SIEMENS and a  Autocom are participating in this initiative as the contributing employers. At the same time the Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) and the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) are the training providers for this project.

Candidates, who have successfully completed the entrance test, will be interviewed by the employers and the training providers, before their training starts in the last week of June. Back

KARACHI, June 10, 2013: Over 85 applicants appeared to participate in the entrance test for the training courses offered by the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) under the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) here on Monday.

The iACT offers retail assistant training course and logistics and supply chain assistant training course under the GPATI training scheme, which is initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi in collaboration with German and Pakistani companies.

GPATI is a skills development programme based on a famous German Dual Training System model, which has been modified according to the particular environment and needs of Pakistan. Following this model, trainees receive theoretical training at training centres, while on the job training is imparted at the companies in real time workplace environments.

Under GPATI, German companies such as BASF, BMW, DHL, Lind, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, Metro, DB Schenker, Mercedes, SIEMENS and a national company Automobile Corporation of Pakistan (PVT) Limited are participating in this initiative as the contributing employers. At the same time the Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) and the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) are the training providers for this project.

The selection process of the trainees for these courses, which last for one year, will be completed in two phases. After successful completion of the entrance test applicants will be interviewed by the employers for final selection.

The candidates shortlisted for the logistics and supply chain assistant training will also be interviewed by the concerned employers such as DHL and DB Schenker on Thursday, June 13 after which the selected trainees will be enrolled for the training that is expected to start in the last week of June.

Abdul Saboor passed his intermediate examination from the Government Degree College, SRE Majeed in Malir. Currently he is enrolled in the two-year programme for machine technicians being offered at the AMANTECH in collaboration with BASF under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI).

He is one of six siblings and all of them work as technicians in factories located around Malir.

Saboor starts off by sharing his experience as a student of intermediate college before he found out about GPATI training programme. “The quality of education at the college was poor. We would go to tuition centres where we were made to rote learn everything. I didn't really understand whatever was being taught. We were just told to memorise a few passages because they had a good chance of turning up in the exams.”

Saboor's thinking about education changed after his experience at the AMANTECH, being one of the training providers for GPATI training courses.  “I am glad to have come here. It is totally different. Learning is simple and easy here. Our teachers encourage us to ask questions when we find something difficult. Later in the day, we are practically shown and get to practice what we learnt in the first half of the day. I remember how, during my first few days here, I broke the drill bit while trying to drill a hole into a metal sheet. The first thing the teachers asked me was whether I was hurt. And then they gave me another drill bit and told me to try again. Coming from a system of schooling where no one really bothered this seemed like a different planet,” he says excitedly.

Talking about the course and curriculum he was taught for the first six months Saboor says he learnt about Safety measures in detail. “Other than that, we learnt communicating in English through listening and reading exercises which really improved our language skills. They taught us metal machining, filing, grinding, and drilling. They taught us how to measure properly with callipers, they taught us how to mark something carefully before we decided to cut or drill it. It wasn't just out of the book. We were shown videos, helped to learn with pictures of everything that was being discussed. It was a proper learning experience,” he says adding that it also involved a comprehensive training on MS OFFICE for preparing spread sheets, presentations, and typing letters as well as making formulas for simple accounting documents.

Saboor says the courses being taught here go beyond the basic curriculum: “We were taught how to dress up decently. We were taught how to behave if we went to an interview or if we were being talked to by our colleagues and our superiors.”

In the second stage of his first year Saboor is now working at BASF’s maintenance department. “It’s a great environment. Everyone is ready to help whenever we need it. I have fixed broken pump shafts with the team here, and we look after the repair and maintenance of all the machines in the factory. I enjoy my work and feel as if I belong here!”

Elated with the knowledge he has gained during the first year of his two-year course in Electrical Engineering Owais Iqbal is refreshed as he narrates his experience.


“I found out about this course from a friend of my brother who was studying here. Electrical Engineering is something I have always been passionate about. Even as a kid I would try to fix whatever was broken down in the house before giving it over to an expert,” he says it was his passion which led him to get a diploma in Associate Engineering before he got enrolled for this course being offered at the AMANTECH in collaboration with BASF under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI).

The course is divided into four parts following the German Dual Training concept, being implemented through GPATI in a modified form. During the first year, six-month teaching and practical training at the AMANTECH is followed by six-month work experience at BASF. The second year involves rigorous training for the first six months at the AMANTECH followed by a more advanced nature of work experience at BASF. The days in the week are divided between classes of different subjects including Science, Mathematics, Safety, the English language as well as Computer and Soft Skills.

Owais explains why he finds the concept rewarding and the course interesting: “At AMANTECH, we spend the first half of the day studying circuits and the second half doing practice. All facilities are available here and teachers are also brilliant. They teach us with heart. If we make a mistake, they show us where we went wrong and encourage us to try again. It really helps when you are taught something and then shown how it works in real life.”

He finds Soft Skills as another important component of the course. “We were taught about how to talk to people and how to communicate in a polite manner. We were also taught what the proper way to eat was. We were even helped with the way we dressed. I never knew one should not wear a striped shirt with striped trouser. Now I do!” says a beaming Owais, smartly dressed in a white striped shirt with blue trouser.

Owais has been through a varied curriculum at the AMANTECH before moving to BASF where he works as on-the-job-trainee in the core system of the company. For the first twenty days at BASF he along with other students went through an extensive orientation process. “We were shown how the company worked and what its different departments were responsible for. Now we are assigned to the Technicians who supervise our work. It is a great experience. I feel responsible for the company, I feel like being a part of it all!”

DCom- Prize distribution Ceremony- PeshawarPESHAWAR, 28 June, 2014: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education awarded distinction certificates and cash prizes among outstanding students, graduating from different technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes at a ceremony here on Saturday.

The prize distribution ceremony was organized in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

In the ceremony position holders of Diploma in Commerce and Diploma in Business Administration were honored for their outstanding results in the annual examination.

DCom- Prize distribution Ceremony- PeshawarDirector General Technical Education and Manpower Training Prof. Shakeel Ahmed was the chief guest of the event, while Hidayatullah, acting chairman KPBTE chaired the session.A large number of students and their parents attended the ceremony. In D.Com, Mr. Shakirullah of Muslim College of Commerce, Peshawar hold first position by securing 1033 marks followed by Mr. Wasim Ahmed who stood second by securing 1025 marks from the same college. Mr. Nauman Khan from Government college of Management Sciences, Peshawar held 3rd position by securing 1019 marks.

In DBA, Ms. Farzana Rehman of Syed Ahmed Shaheed College of Commerce, Mansehra hold first position by securing 1160 marks followed by Mr. Shahid Sattar who stood second by securing 1134 marks from Muslim College of Commerce, Peshawar. Whereas, Mr. Kifayatullah from Jinah Degree College of Commerce & Computer Sciences, Mansehra hold 3rd position by securing 1115 marks.

A cash prize of Rs. 25000, Rs. 15000 &Rs. 10000 was distributed among the first, second and third position holders respectively. In addition to cash prizes merit certificates were also distributed by the Director General, TEVTA among the position holders students.

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Earlier, Qaiser Sarwar Khan, Capacity Development Advisor, TVET Reform Support Programme also spoke on the importance of TVET and urged the audience to promote TVET as a decent career option among the youth.

GPATI offers opportunity of learning skills and on-job-training technical and commercial trades.

Training Courses are being offered in the following two streams;

Technical

• Mechanical (Machining/ Fitting)
• Welding, Fabrication and Pipe work
• Electronics
• Electrical
• Motor Vehicle/Automobile
• Process Control:
Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Mechatronics

Commercial:

• Retail Assistant
• Logistics & Supply Chain Assistant
• Customer Service Officer
• Sales Officer/Assistant

Graduates will receive certificates/diploma in their respective fields of training upon completion of the course. They will also receive a letter of participation from the employer that provided the training facility.

 

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