Skills training to reduce poverty unemploymentISLAMABAD Jan 25, 2016: The best way to reduce poverty and unemployment is to equip the men and women with employable skills, says Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). Speaking at a media sensitization session here on Monday, Mr. Cheema underlined the importance of TVET, saying “Pakistan is blessed with human and natural resources and now it’s up to us how we tap these resources by establishing an effective TVET system, which is required for the country to progress.” “TVET has become a political priority during last decade or so and that is why the government is focusing on improving the quality of TVET delivery with the assistance of its international partners,” remarks Mr. Cheema.

Urging the media to help remove the stigma attached with blue- collar jobs, he said the skilled labour could become a big source of earnings both for their families and for the country.

Sharing some of the results, which NAVTTC has achieved under the TVET Reform Support Programme, which isfunded by the EU, Netherlands, Germany and Norway, he said the NAVTTC has devised the first-ever TVET policy and National Vocational Qualifications Framework(NVQF) to bring a paradigm shift in the TVET delivery.For the first time in Pakistan, he said, a Competency BasedTraining (CBT) programme has been launched in 97 institutes withexpected 20,000 pass-outs. The NAVTTC has also completed theaccreditation of 586 TVET programmes and institutes to improve qualityof TVET and create national standards.

Skills training to reduce poverty unemployment-1Likewise, National Skill Information System has been made functionalin NAVTTC, besides training of 8,500 teachers in pedagogical skills,he added. He further informed the media persons that the cooperative vocational training scheme has beenlaunched to provide skills to trainees with on-job-experience.

He said Job Placement Centers are being set up to make data of theskilled manpower available to the industry. The NAVTTC is already in touchwith the industry and is receiving their demands which would help itmaking the curriculum and a strategy to train the youth for theblue-collar jobs.

Mr. Cheema also announced that organizing skill competitions job fairs in all the provincial capitals and Islamabad inFebruary and March.

Experts urge media to promote TVET-1QUETA, Dec 15, 2015: Experts at an orientation session have urged the media to create awareness about the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) so that millions of jobless youth can acquire employable skills and shape their future. This was the crux of a day-long sensitization session jointlyorganized by the Balochistan Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (BTEVTA) and the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zamran Marri, Director BTEVTA, said that 58 percent of population of Balochistan consists of youth. He said that it is high time that this huge youth bulge is equipped with employable skills. He asked the media persons to play their active role in attracting the youth towards TVET by giving them awareness about different opportunities available for them. Mr. Marri further informed the audience that the BTEVTA is initiating Competency Based training (CBT) courses, which will ensure greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career.These courses will be offered free of cost to male and female youth at six selected BTEVTA institutes across the province.

Experts urge media to promote TVET-2The CBT is one of the innovative approaches to reduce un-employment ratio in the province and is supported by the NAVTTC through the TVET Reform Support Programme, said Mr. Abdul Rauf Baloch, Regional Director NAVTTC.

He further said that the introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway. He also apprised the audience about the new initiatives of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission including National Vocational Qualification Framework, National TVET Policy, accreditation of TVET institutes etc.

Additional Secretary Education, Government of Balochistan,Hayat Kakar,also spoke on the occasion.

KSindh TEVTA launches CBT programme-1ARACHI, Dec 08, 2015: The Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority on Tuesday launched Competency Based training(CBT) programme, which will ensure greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah formally launched the training programme at a ceremony held here on Tuesday. Besides a large number of TVET experts, employers, parliamentarians, hundreds of youth also attended the ceremony. On the sidelines of the ceremony, a Skill Mela was also organized to showcase the skills, which are being imparted in different training institutes of The chief minister in his speech congratulated the Sindh TEVTA for launching the CBT programme and assured his all-out support to promote TVET in Sindh.

Managing Director Sindh TEVTA Syed KalimMakki in his welcome speech highlighted the importance of TVET sector, challenges and opportunities in Sindh province. He said the private sector’s engagement in the planning and delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) is a key and that is why the Sindh TEVTA is introducing CBT training courses, which links the training to the market needs.

Sindh TEVTA launches CBT programme-2According to him, 14 new courses under CBT to be launched include beauty therapy, hair stylist, skin care, computer operator, web designing &development, auto-cade, graphic designing, e-commerce, heating &ventilation, air-conditioning,electronics technician, building electrician, solar panel installation, plumber solar panel water heater installation etc.

Competency Based Training (CBT) is one of the innovative approaches to reduce un-employment ratio in the province, these training initiatives which is supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme.

The introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market.

The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. Apart from Sindh, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 84TEVT& PVTC institutes across the country.

KARACHI, November, 26, 2015: Employers have to assume a lead role in making the vocational training according to the demands of the market.Handbook on Cooperative Vocational Training Launched

This was the crux of discussion at a ceremony, which marked the launching of a handbook on Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT), a new approach of vocational training aiming at linking the training institutes and the enterprises for producing workforce according to the demands of the market.

Besides a large number of employers, experts in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and representatives of international donor and techncial agencies atttended the ceremony.

Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General of the Federal Republic of the Germany at Karachi was the chief guest on the occasion. The Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT) was initially launched as Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), entailing certain instruments to involve enterprises in planning and delivery of cooperative training since 2013 in Karachi and Lahore. On the basis of the lessons learnt from the pilot phase, the initiative is now transformed into a systematic approach to promote CVT in Pakistan.

The CVT handbook provides useful information on the features of CVT approach and concrete instructions and tools for its implementation. The handbook furthermore contains guidelines, templates and checklists.

The ceremony also featured a panel discussion on“Cooperative Training as an investment for the future and experience from enterprises in Karachi.” Mr. Hans-Ludwig Bruns, Head, TVET Reform Support Programme, moderated the discussion.

Speaking at the occasion, the representatives of enterprises reaffirmed their support for implementation of the CVT courses through on the job training. They also invited other companies to join hand for the skill development of youth through cooperative vocational training approach.

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Skilled youth aspires to join the labour market-1KARACHI November 18, 2015: As many as 90 newly skilled workers celebrated the completion of a two-year special vocational training course, combining theory at the training institute and on-the-job training in the real time company environment, at a ceremony organized here on Wednesday.

The jubilant young skilled workers, aspiring to join the job market, were also awarded certificate at the ceremony, organized by the Aman Institute for Technical Education (Amantech), the training institute.

Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Karachi was the guest of honor and made a brief speech at the occasion while congratulating the pass outs.Apart from the pass outs, the ceremony was also attended by the employers and implementing partners both from the public and private sectors.

Skilled youth aspires to join the labour market-5Amantech initiated in July 2013 training of first batch of two year in the pilot phase of Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT)as Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI). The TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway,supported the implementation of this special vocational training programme.

Under this special vocational training programme, theoretical and practical training takes place at the training institute and the partner company in five trades including Mechanical, Electronics, General Electric, Automobile and Fabrication Welding & Pipework (FWP). Under the course which comprised of one year institute and one year on the job training for trainees, around 15 enterprises partnered for managing on the job training and total 96 students graduated from five trades.

Noted writer and journalist Mr. Ghazi Salauddin made a motivational speech at the occasion to boost the morale of the pass out trainees. During hisaddress, he provided insight to his own journey of accomplishment, which is based on hard work.

Speakers stress on importance of quality relevance of TVETLAHORE, Nov 12, 2015: Speakers at a seminar here on Thursday termed quality and relevance as essential elements to ensure provision of vocational training, which enables young people attain employable skills and decent careers in the job market. This was the crux of a one-day seminar entitled –Quality Vocational Training for Socio-economic Development of Pakistan- organized by the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme. Besides a large number of experts and industrialists, trainees from different vocational training institutes of PVTC attended the seminar and also displayed their skills through an exhibition.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director PVTC Sajid Naseer Khan said that making the vocational training in line with the market demands is one of the important elements of the strategy, which PTC is implementing since its establishment. He said without quality and relevance, the young people cannot take advantage of the skills they learn at the training institutes. To this end, he said the PVTC is introducing competency based training (CBT) training in its 32 vocational training institutes across Punjab in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and the governments of Netherlands, Norway and Germany.

This, he said, a new scheme which ensures greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career.

Speakers stress on importance of quality relevance of TVET-1The introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market.

The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. Apart from PVTC, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 84 TEVT & PVTC institutes across the country.

Mr. Khan further said that the PVTC has increased its training annual capacity from 53,600 to 134,762 trainees in pursuance of the chief minister directions under Punjab Growth Strategy.

Director General NAVTTC (Standards & Curricula) Ameer Haider, Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme Hans-Ludwig Bruns and a number of other speakers, representing the public and private sectors also spoke on the occasion.

On the sidelines of the seminar, different vocational training institutes of PVTC had set up stalls to showcase different training courses offered by PVTC all over the province. There were 25 stalls in total where well-informed trainers, trainees and the passed out students accommodated the visitors and informed them about the significance and relevance of these courses and demand for those trained in them in the job market.

PVTC launches CBT courses for youth of PunjabLAHORE, November 11, 2015: The Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) is initiating Competency Based training(CBT) courses, which will ensure greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career. These courses will be offered free of cost to male and female youth at 32selected PVTCinstitutes across the province of the Punjab.

“Private sector’s engagement in the planning and delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) is a key and that is why the PVTC is introducing CBT training courses, which links the training to the market needs,” Managing Director PVTC Sajid Naseer Khan said this while speaking at a media sensitization session here on Wednesday.

According to Sajid Naseer Khan, 14 new courses under CBT to be launched include beauty therapy, hair stylist, skin care, computer operator, web designing &development, auto-cade, graphic designing, e-commerce, heating &ventilation, air-conditioning,electronics technician, building electrician, solar panel installation, plumber solar panel water heater installation etc.

Competency Based Training (CBT) is one of the innovative approaches to reduce un-employment ratio in the province, these training initiatives which is supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme. CBT scheme is being piloted in the 32 institutes of the PVTC, saying completers of these programmes will have better prospects for employability.

The introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market.

The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. Apart from Sindh, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 84TEVT& PVTC institutes across the country.

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