MURIDKAY, Oct 13, 2014: The Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Monday visited the System Productivity Innovative Rice Training (SPIRiT) project, being implemented by Engro Foundation – the CSR arm of Engro – and Engro Eximp Agriproducts – the Company’s rice processing business.
The project is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The SPIRiT project aims to improve agricultural productivity, efficiency and livelihoods for 10,000 farmers and 1200 agri-farm support persons by training them in the areas of resource conservation, water saving, plant population management, improved harvesting & best crop management practices in the Rice – wheat cropping system over a period of 15-months from December 2013 to February 2015.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said “I appreciate SPIRiT Project Initiative jointly taken by GIZ, Engro Foundation and Engro Eximp for improving Farming practices through a package of trainings and demonstrations. This will definitely improve knowledge, skill set and expertise of the small farmers and landless farm support workers on innovative agricultural practices along with improving their yield, quality of the harvests, profitability and livelihood while saving water and exerting positive impacts on the environment.”
The Minister also visited farmer fields to see demonstration of SPIRiT project concepts. He also lauded the role of EU, Dutch, Norway and the German governments for supporting the reform in the areas of technical education and vocational training (TVET). SPIRiT is an innovative on-field training program to boost the productivity of small rice farmers by 8-15% per acre per rice season, while conserving 25%-35% water and agricultural resources along with other benefits like skill enhancement, improvement in farmers’ income & livelihoods. The project aims to train farmers in newer and innovative methods/techniques of rice farming that include Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD), Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR), Optimum Plant Population Management (OPPM) and Harvesting related Best Management Practices in the rice–wheat cropping system over a period of 15-months from December 2013 to February 2015.
In addition to that, farmers are trained on best crop management practices and best fertilizer management practices in rice and wheat crops along with dissemination and adoption of resource conservation sowing techniques like zero tillage wheat sowing. Team of agri experts, master trainers, trainers and mobilizers is working with the farmers in the field throughout the whole life cycle of both these major crops while conducting individual contact activities like farm visits and mass contact activities such as seminars, farmers meetings, demonstrations, group discussions, field days and briefings along with literature distribution.
At the event, leaders from the farmer beneficiary group also described benefits that they have experienced through the trainings in SPIRiT project, in terms of decreasing costs of production, water saving and improving their yields.
Mr. Saleemullah Memon, Director Rice Business conveyed a vote of thanks to the guests. While addressing the guests he said: “These trained beneficiaries (Farmers & Farm Support Workers) will become anchors and change agents to further disseminate Best Crop Management Practices & innovative conservation agricultural techniques among thousands of other fellow farmers in the years to come. We look forward to greener and prosperous Pakistan”.
SPIRit innovation program will result in 80,000 hills (plants) in an acre as a pre requisite for good rice yield and constitute up to 20 plus plants per square meter. Direct Seeding of Rice and Alternate Wetting and Drying techniques will result in conservation of resources and will further lead to lower cost of production thus increasing water use efficiency & increased productivity.
KARACHI, Oct 16, 2014: The Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) on Thursday presented awards to a number of national and multinational companies for their contribution towards creation of skilled workforce in Pakistan under its 2nd Employer of the Year Award-2013 Competition.
The competition was supported by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close coordination with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
The awards were given at a ceremony held here on Thursday. Besides a large number of entrepreneurs and people from the corporate and public sector, Sindh Provincial Minister for Industries Dr. Rauf Siddiqui, European Union Ambassador H.E. Lars – Gunar Wigermark, President Employers Federation of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Nauman, Executive Director NAVTTC Khalid Hanif and Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme Hans-Ludwig Bruns also attended the ceremony.
Employers’ Federation of Pakistan initiated this award competition to recognize and honour the efforts of enterprises for their contribution and commitment towards creation of skilled workforce and provision of a safe and supportive work environment.
The awards offer a unique opportunity to employers to compete for the Award in any of the two categories including, “The Best Enterprise for Human Resource Development” and “The Best Enterprise for Work Place Safety”. The awards were being offered in Large, Medium & Small Sectors. A total of 97 entries were submitted by 57 small, medium and large enterprises this year, which is almost the double of the entries received last year.
Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Industries Minister Dr. Rauf Siddiqui appreciated the EFP for organizing the Employer of the Year Award and hoped that it will go a long way in encouraging the enterprises to contribute in the creation of skilled workforce in Pakistan. He said to promote industrialization in the country young people needs to be imparted quality skills training. The minister highlighted a number of steps, which the Sindh government has taken to promote technical education and vocational training in the province and hoped that with these measures young population of the province will have access to decent employment. He urged the enterprises to come forward and contribute to ensure work place safety and provide a decent work environment to the workers.
The EU Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Lars–Gunar Wigermark, who was the guest of honour at the ceremony, in his address also congratulated the winners of the award competition and hoped that this award will promote healthy competition and ultimately contribute to the development of skills training system in the country. He said that the European Union is committed to support the TVET sector development in Pakistan because this sector plays critical role to support macroeconomic growth of the country. He said that Pakistan is blessed with young population, as majority of its people consists of youth and this opportunity can only be utilized if the youth is equipped with employable skills.
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director NAVTTC Khalid Hanif said that said that the government has embarked upon comprehensive reforms in the TVET sector under National Skills Strategy, which is a roadmap to real development of the TVET sector in Pakistan. Under the ongoing reforms, the NAVTTC together with employer-led organizations including Employers Federation of Pakistan has achieved a number of mile stones. Industry is being taken on board at different implementation and delivery stages of TVET policy, he added.
Hans-Ludwid Bruns, Coordinator, TVET Reform Support Programme, in his remarks stated that a better and well-functioning TVET sector creates a qualified skilled workforce in sufficient numbers in the answer to economic development. However, he said the TVET Sector in Pakistan is challenges by a lack of access, relevance, equity and quality for which a comprehensive reform programme is in progress. Earlier K.M. Nauman, President, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan gave the welcome address. The winning companies were given awards on the bases of categories.
LAHORE, Oct 15, 2014: Two Pakistani and one German university on Wednesday launched the B.Ed in Technical Education, which is a pre-service study programme to produce a new generation of teachers imparting technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for the first time in Pakistan.
The one-year post graduate study programme is a venture of the University of the Punjab, the Virtual University of Pakistan and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, which is one of the leading German universities for TVET teacher study programmes.
Introduction of this new study programme is part of a comprehensive reform being spearheaded by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The new study programme was launched at a ceremony held at University of Punjab, where a large number of government officials and people from academia were present. Vice Chancellor Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Rector Virtual University Prof. Dr. Naveed Malik, Executive Director NAVTTC Khalid Hanif, Director General NAVTTC Muhammad Yahya, First Secretary Economic Cooperation and Development German Embassy Almut Knop and Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme Hans Bruns spoke on the occasion.
Dr. Mujahid Kamran formally launched the programme.
The B.Ed in Technical Education is a pilot programme and is oriented to train a “new generation of TVET teachers”. One of the main aspects of the study programme is to offer an attractive academic qualification/degree both with relevant technical and pedagogical competences.
The B.Ed aims to the develop a competence-based qualification programme covering the needed professional competences of TVET teachers with respect to theoretical knowledge, practical skills, teaching capacity and methodological competence. This study programme will improve the teaching quality and will also have a sustainable impact on the TVET system in Pakistan.
The innovative feature of this study programme is the combination of four phases, which will make the difference. In the first phase, the students will get sound knowledge of methodological and pedagogical aspects of teaching in TVET; during the second phase they will gain practical experience in teaching in combination with structured theoretical reflection (internship in TVET institutions).
In the third phase, the students will experience the world of work by working for some weeks in companies (internships in companies). Phase for is rather ongoing and represents various self-learning phases during which the students are exposed to tutored self-learning, e-learning, and the submission of assignments. This phase is based on the internet platform of the Virtual University.
Component V “Cooperative Training and Green Skills” supports the introduction of cooperative training in Pakistan, in which training institutes and enterprises share responsibility for the vocational education of young people. The approach is based on the German Dual Training System and has been modified to match Pakistan’s needs for skilled workforce.
The component, therefore, assists private and public training institutes, enterprises and provincial TVET authorities in Punjab and Sindh to launch commercial and technical courses jointly together. The support ranges from the development of competency-based courses, the production of teaching and learning material to the capacity building of teachers and instructors.
In this way, the component develops a pilot structure for the TVET reform process, in which the involvement of the private sector is institutionalized. Component 5 is also a follow-up intervention of the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), which was initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi. The component further develops the concept of cooperative training and extends it to innovative sectors, such as further training in the area of green skills (e.g. energy efficiency and renewable energy).
Track Component V
KHANAEWAL Oct 04, 2014: As many as 600 farming families on Saturday receieved farming and veterinary toolkits, which will help improve the crop management practices in the south Punjab.
The toolkits were distributed under a special project, which is being run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and supported by Fund for Innovative Training, created under TVET Reform Support Programme.
The European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany is co-financing this programme, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan,Federal Minister For National Food Security & Research was the chief guest on this occasion.
Ms. Arshia Khurshid, Project Manager of Green Skill Project gave breif overview of the project.
Under this project, 300 young people from the area were given vocational training in renewable/sustainable energy, livestock management and crop administration with a view to promote proficient environmental cultivating results and advances.
A total of 2300 familes will benefit from this project during a period of one year in areas of Muzaffar Garh, Rajanpur, Khanewal, Jhang.
Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan,Federal Minister For National Food Security & Research, while speaking on the occasion appreciated the results achieved by the project. He also lauded the generous support of the EU, Dutch, Norwegian and the German governments for supporting the TVET sector reform and introducing innovative training approaches through FIT.
DCO Khanewal Mr.Usman Moazzam, civil society, and media persons were also present on the occasion.
Pre Service study programme for TVET teachers
In the international TVET scene it is a common feature that a well trained body of TVET teachers at all levels is the foundation for an efficient and professional TVET sector. Only well trained TVET teachers can produce the skilled work force needed by the national economy.
Based on this fact NAVTTC is launching an innovative and first time in Pakistan implemented type of TVET teacher training. The post graduate study programme is concentrating on producing TVET teachers in technical fields of
- Mechanical Engineering / Technology, Electrical Engineering / Technology
- Civil Engineering / Technology and IT and Computer Science
Prospective students must have a degree in one of these subjects.
The PST study programme constitutes a com¬pre¬hen¬sive and competency-based academic pro¬gramme with the duration of one year. The pilot study programme is located at the University of the Punjab and implemented in cooperation with the Virtual University of Pakistan and the German Technical University of Kaiserslautern. The study programme will improve the teaching quality and will have an impact on the TVET system in Pakistan. Main feature of this programme is a holistic approach consisting of:
Introduction into modern concepts and teaching methods
At the University the prospective teachers will receive a sound introduction into pedagogical concepts, teaching methods and assessment approaches.
Hands-on experience in their teaching fields (internship at companies)
Students will work for a certain time at companies to taste the work environment of their professional teaching subject. This serves to provide first hand information in the world of work
Practical training in TVET institutions (internship at a Training Provider)
Students must practice and test what they have learned and therefore practical teaching experience at a TVET training institute forms an integral part of the study programme.
Guided self-learning phases
Finally, in an IT based and knowledge driven environment the future TVET teacher must be able to collect information from the internet and to screen websites for information. Therefore, the participation of the Virtual University of Pakistan provides the student a chance to practice the competency of self learning and information screening.
The innovative and new feature is the combination of all these aspects in the study programme which at the end will create a “new generation of TVET teachers” in Pakistan.
KARACHI Sept 17, 2014: Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) apprised the delegates of a two-day moot, which started here on Wednesday, about its endeavors to make delivery of skills training relevant to the industry demands.
The two-day workshop entitled-Learning by sharing the knowledge- was organized by the STEVTA in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). The event was supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The objective of the programme was to provide an opportunity to learn from the experience of an already established and functional TEVTAs including in Sindh and Punjab provinces.
More than 75 senior officers representing various TEVTAsand NAVTTC and the technical experts from the GIZ participated in this programme.
The theme of the programme was proposed as Industry – institutions linkages for improve quality and relevance of TVET on the basis that Sindh TEVTA has shown progress in the area of industry – institute linkages.
Sindh (TEVTA) organized different learning stations for disseminating information of how the industry institute linkages, public private partnership, enterprise based training and management of programs and projects can empower the youth of Pakistan which can mitigate the poverty of Pakistan.
In the first learning station Ms.Parveen Shaikh and MsNaheed Nasir briefed the participants about the role of Institute Management Committees (IMCs) and their achievements in the industry institute linkages.
In the second station PPP partners discussed about the need for Public Private Partnership and presented different models of successful partnership in this globalized World. It was discussed that government alone cannot cater the complex and fast changing skills need of labour market in that context policy framework and implementation mechanism for PPP is the need of the hour.
In the third station employer representative trade testing board emphasized the improvement of apprenticeship by giving recommendations. In the fourth station management of programs and projects it was discussed that how government has initiated various projects including Sindh Skills Development Project with the support of World Bank and Benazir Bhutto youth development to impart need based vocational training for better employability of youth.
Syed Mamtaz Ali Shah, chairman STEVTA welcomed and appreciated the representatives of all TEVTA and industrialist on the eve of programme.
Component leader – capacity building of TEVTAs talked about the initiative taken under TEVT Reform Support Programme on industry engagement, public private partnership and apprenticeship.
Mr.Khawaja MuhammedNauman President EFP appreciated the exchange of ideas of the participants of all TEVTAS for the sake of learning which was essential in order to make TEVT more responsive to Labour Market.
Mr. Shahid Abdul Salam Thahim Member Provincial Assembly and Vice Chairman STEVTA praises the efforts and said that creating employment and providing decent jobs to all individuals is a global challenge , like other countries we are also facing acute problem of un-employment and growing poverty particularly amongst youth. He said that I have been informed that the GIZ under TVET Reform Support Programme have initiated number of programs with the collaboration of NAVTTC including capacity building of TEVTs to implement National Skills Strategy particularly implementation of competency based training and NVQF and public private partnership and I am sure these programs will bring positive change amongst our youth and society.
Mr.Ahsanullah Khan highlighted the issues of unemployment and poverty which are maligning our basic fabric of our society. He appreciated the TEVT sector in Pakistan which would reduce the menace of unemployment and poverty.
Mr.Yahya DG NAVTTC and Mr. Mumtaz Ali Shah also speaks on the occasion and applause the activities and initiatives taken by TVET Reform support programs and creating awareness about the future of Technical educations in Pakistan.
KARACHI, Sept 08, 2014: The President of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, on Monday urged the private sector to join hands with the government and contribute to the national economic growth by making their products competitive in the global market.
He said this while addressing the 2nd Achievement Awards ceremony organized by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). The FPCCI's Achievement Awards are the highest awards of the private sector which are conferred to those leading organizations and individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the socio-economic sector as well as corporate social responsibilities (CSR) activities.
A number of leading companies received awards in different sectors including trade, industry, investments, CSR, education, research and development, infrastructure, energy, agriculture, information technology, medical and health-care and social welfare services.
The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (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 the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, was also given an award for its outstanding contribution in the TVET sector reforms, focusing on the private sector engagement.
President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is moving in the right direction on social and economic fronts. He, however, sought suggestions from the business community on how to effectively maintain law and order as the government realized the value of peace and security for the economic prosperity of the country. He recounted the achievements of the government and said he was confident that through better policies and hard work it would succeed in overcoming all major challenges including the energy crisis, and the law and order situation in the country. Pakistan, in his view, has a very bright future and by 2050 will be 18th largest economy in the world, he said with optimism.
While handing over awards, Mr. Hussain said that FPCCI's Achievement Awards have been very much recognized and encourages more companies to deliver their best in their fields/ sectors.
Earlier, the President of FPCCI & ECO CCI: Mr. Zakaria Usman, the Vice President of CACCI, Founder & former President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and former President of FPCCI : Mr. Tariq Sayed and Dr. Julie Reviere, Programme Director Education GIZ, also spoke on the occasion.