The gracefully-decorated seminar hall gave a look of mini Pakistan. The overall mood was upbeat and there was a unique feel of festivity all around. Delegates from country’s different provinces, backgrounds and cultures had gathered under one roof to interact with each other and learn from each other’s’ experiences.
Moments before the formal inauguration of the event, they were seen standing or standing in groups and exchanging niceties with each other. Separated only by distances, these delegates seemed to be part of a big happy family. They felt at home and it took them no time to gel with each other. The venue was Lahore and there was representation from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun Khwa (KPK), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The participants, most of who were related to the technical and vocational educational and training authorities in their respective provinces, were here to attend the event titled “Knowing Punjab Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority, Sharing and Learning Best Practices in TVET Sector” held in Lahore from March 17, 2014 to March 19, 2014.
Besides, there were senior bureaucrats, politicians, development sector experts, media and communication experts and others who were keen to learn from Punjab TEVTA (PTEVTA) with an aim to replicate its successful models in other provinces.
The event was planned jointly by PTEVTA and the TVET Reform Support Programme (TVET RSP), 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. The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) in the provinces have been taken or board to make the programme effective and sustainable.
The purpose of bringing so many people together from different provinces is to promote a support and coaching interaction between the more advanced TEVTAs, i.e. Punjab and Sindh, and similar institutions in other provinces and regions which are not as developed and have a long way to go, said Maimoona Sattar, Capacity Development Advisor-Punjab, TVET RSP.
She added seven “Learning Stations” have been set up at the venue where the delegates coming from outside Punjab will sit with PTEVTA officials and get an understanding of the systems which are in place in Punjab. These stations, she said, will cover the topics: i) Management of Data and Monitoring ii) Assuring Quality of Programmes iii) Industry Cooperation and Student Counseling iv) Operations v) Human Resource Management & Administration vi) Finance and vii) Project & Planning.
This implies that wherever possible, capacity building initiatives with the less developed TEVTAs and TVET bodies will be driven and implemented by PTEVTA or STEVTA, or others that may emerge as strong institutions in the future.
Farrakh Sair, Secretary, Production & Livelihood Development Department (PLDD), FATA highly rated the content of the three-day event which included field visits to technical and vocational training institutes in Lahore. He said Punjab is doing good work and they will try to replicate its models in FATA though its TVET sector is far from developed at the moment. He said he liked the idea of merging different departments working in the TVET sector as adopted by Punjab. This avoids duplication and makes command and control easy and effective.
Besides, he said PTEVTA’s Labour Management Information System (LMIS) is an excellent tool which FATA will try to benefit from. “It’s amazing you get the status of labour available in different sectors as well as other data related to manpower in the province just at one click of the mouse.”
Hamid Ghani Anjum, General Manager (GM), Operations, PTEVTA, said Punjab has a lot to share with other provinces as it was the first to launch TEVTA in the country back in 2002. The other provinces followed. Today PTEVTA runs around 370 institutes and has an enrolment of above 100,000. He said their team was determined to guide and help other provinces establish quality TVET systems.
He shared it with the delegates that PTEVTA had a strong liaison with the industry and had set up 17 service centers in different regions of the province. For example, he said there were centers of excellence in hubs of leather, blue pottery, surgical goods etc.
Jawwad Ahmed Qureshi, Chief Operating Officer (COO), PTEVTA said their focus is always on relevance-which means the courses taught in Punjab are as per demand of the job market. The visiting delegates are also interested in knowing how to make their curriculum relevant in this sense, he added.
“The spirit is there, the event is special and people are charged who wanted to make this event happened,” said Susanne Wallstein, component leader of capacity building of TEVTAs under TVET RSP who was excited to see the people fully involved in the activity.
Abdul Hameed, Assistant Director, Directorate of Manpower & Training, Balochistan, said he is impressed by the way PTEVTA carries out surveys and research in different industrial areas to assess demand of jobs in different trades and works on curriculum development accordingly.
He also praised the organisers for including field visits in the event programme, especially that to the Government College of Technology, Lahore where a modern laboratory has been set up with the help of Japanese government. “It was there we learnt that one should wear gloves and take off shoes and take other precautionary measures while working in a lab.”
PTVETA GM apprised delegates though their systems are developed there are certain areas which still need attention. For example, he said the industry-institution links are weak, there is considerable time lapse between policy making and policy implementation, labs are not curricula compliant and geographic coverage is not uniform. His point was that though PTEVTA is an example for other provinces it is continuously striving to improve.
The delegates enjoyed activities on the sidelines of the event such as their visit to the Indo-Pak border at Wahga and the networking dinner which also attended by PTEVTA partners from different industries.
MULTAN, March 20, 20114: Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Punjab-TEVTA) on Saturday launched a sensitization campaignto create awareness among the students from general stream of education on technical education & vocational training (TVET).
In this connection the Punjab-TEVTA organized awareness sessions in four different male and females institutes of Multan, where hundreds of students from different schools and their parents participated and got first-hand information about TVET opportunities and its importance.This special drive is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany and Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Sessions were held inGovernment Technical Training Institute GTTI (Boys) Khanewal Road Multan, Government Technical Training Institute (Women)Shah Ruknay-e-Alam Colony Multan, Government Vocationaltraining Institute (GVTI) for Women Vehri and Government Technical Training Institute for Boys Vehri on March 20, March 21, and March 22, 2014 respectively. In these sessions students of 8th, 9th and 10th class, were given orientation on the TVET opportunities and how they can adopt it as a career path.
Trainees of the GGTI and GVTIalso set up stalls, displaying their skills for the studentson the sidelines of the respective sessions. Members of Punjab Provincial Assembly, lawyers’ leaders, principals and TVET experts shed light on the importance of being skilled and urged the youth to adopt TVET as their career option.
LAHORE, March 19, 2014: Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Punjab TEVTA) organised a three-day exposure visit for the senior management and officers of the TEVTAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir in a bid to create synergies and bring uniformity to the skill development in Pakistan.
The event, featuring indoor activities and visits to the technical training centres in Lahore, was supported by 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 Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
One of the core objectives of the Component 4 of the TVET Reform Support Programme is to support TEVTAs in organizational development. The project intends to strongly promote a support and coaching interaction between the more advanced TEVTAs, i.e. Punjab and Sindh, vis-à-vis the still infant institutions in other provinces and regions. The exposure visit to Punjab by the TVETAs from other provinces was part of the same activities.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day event, Chairman Punjab TEVTA Irfan Ali appreciated the efforts to create synergies among the provinces. He said Pakistan is blessed with a lot of human resource and the real challenge for the TEVTAs is how to utilize this resource for the greater economic benefit of Pakistan. He opined that close cooperation among TEVTAs will lead to improved training delivery and at the end of the day it will contribute to the overall TVET sector reforms in Pakistan.
Dr. Julie Reviere, Programme Director Education GIZ Pakistan, said that TEVTAs have an integral role in the production of skilled manpower for Pakistan. According to her, the main objectives of the ongoing TVET sector reforms are to improve access, quality and relevance of the training delivery and in this context the TEVTAs need to prepare themselves for these challenges to take on.She hoped that this exchange of information and ideas will lead to betterment in the quality of the training delivery.
Secretary Industries and Technical Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Ali Shehzad, Secretary Labour and Manpower Balochistan Naseer Baloch, Secretary Technical Education FATA Farrukh Sair, Secretary AJK TEVTA Zahid Abbasi and Member Legislative Assembly Gilgit Baltistan Shereen Fatima also spoke on the occasion.
LAHORE, March 14, 2014: National Curriculum Review Committee(NCRC) of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) after Industry Validation attended by a large number of industry representatives has approved three Competency Based Training (CBT) programmes i.e. Hair Styling, Skin Care and Beauty Therapy.
These training programmes have been developed with the technical assistance of 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 being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
These programmes were approved during meetingsheld from March 12-14, 2014 in the Government College of Technology Railway Road, Lahore.A large number of industrial and academic representatives participatedin meetings and appreciated the initiative.
Dr. Alan Male, a TVET expert sharing saidthat all these trades were quite demanding in the market and their focus was to provide employment opportunities to the female of Pakistan. “These training programmes are competency based and are competitive to any such programme in the world,” he said that he was amazed to see the dedication and enthusiasm of all the participants who discussed each and every point in detail during these days.
Ms. Sabreena Sheikh, a Beauty sector expert, said that beauty parlors were one of the major players in the Beauty Care sector of Pakistan and provided a wide range of services relating to beauty treatment for women and men. “These services include threading, facial, haircut to complex and more professional services like electrolysis, permanent make-up, diet and skin related consultations provided by qualified dieticians and dermatologists.”
Mr. Nasir Khan of NAVTTC informed that the National Curriculum Review Committee was the apex forum competent to recommend national training programmes in Pakistan. “For the first time we have developedstandardized national curricula for this sector. The presence of 55 professional beauty experts proves that the industry trusts these curricula and there is a willingness to implement thisat the national level.”
Ms. MohiniSaif from Meelang said that the beauty care industry had grown over the years and was basically female oriented. “The number of beauty clinics in Pakistan has increased at a fast pace over the last few years. This sector is still growing. Therefore,it is very important to have standardized training programmes.”
Mr. Naeem Akhtar, Deputy National Leader component 2 of TVET Reform Support Programme,said that the development of curriculainvolved highly professional industry experts who supported the process from Job Analysis to the finalization of curricula. “The group of experts hired by the programme for this task performed quite well with the help of some international experts to complete the task in a professional manner.”
PESHAWAR, March 13, 2014: Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat will set up six Vocational Counselling and Job Placement centres with updated labour market information to provide better employment opportunities for the youth of the area.
These centres will provide services to the students, trainees and employees regarding their personal, professional and career development. These centres will also bridge the gap between job market and various levels of skilled labour force through collaborative networking.
These centres will be set up with the technical assistance of 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 being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Total 100 similar centers are being set up across Pakistan under the same reform programme.
Administering market-related vocational trainings to more than 600,000 unemployed youth is a challenge given the shortage of state-owned institutes and private training centres in FATA. The FATA Secretariat is trying to tackle this challenge with assistance from the TVET-Reform Support Program.
Equipment was handed over to the FATA Secretariat in a ceremony held on March 13th, 2014, while 12 officers from 10 different TVET institutes from across FATA have already been trained on the delivery of vocational counselling and job placement services.
ISLAMABAD, March 3, 2014: National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on Monday organized an awareness session for the experts from Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) on the National Skills Information System to familiarize and enhance their capacity.
The awareness training was held via video conferencing with the representatives of TEVTAs from all the seven regions of Pakistan.
National Skills Information System (NSIS) is a nation-wide network for collecting Labour Market Information (LMI) and to make it readily available for policy formulations and programme designs conceived to implement the National Skills Strategy (NSS).
The NSIS has been developed with the technical assistance of the TVET Reform Support Programme, whcih is 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 fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
As new policies and programmes are being developed for implementing NSS the timely provision of relevant information has become increasingly important. The existing information system on labour market does not meet the requirement and given the centrality of information–sharing it is important for the government to own this initiative.
Important aspects of TVET on which LMI provided critical information were discussed during the training which included; market needs, skill required, capacity of technical institutions, enrollments, pass-outs, drop-outs, acceptability of standard by public and private sectors, school to work transition, time spent on getting employment, relevancy of work with skills acquired, and unemployment.
Trainers were of the view that the availability of information on aspects mentioned above was a pre-requisite for employment generating policies, Human Resource Development, education and TVET policy formulation and programme design, undertaking Vocational Guidance and Career Counseling, Job Placement, providing feedback to the education and TVET.
The training was attended by 100 participants including 21 females and 70 males. Most of the participants, except a few, had not received any awareness training on NSIS prior to attending this training. The pre-training evaluation revealed that over a third of the participants had a very little knowledge of the basic training concepts.
KHAIRPUR, February 25, 2014: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah inaugurated on Sunday a two-day Khairpur Youth Festival held here in Colonel Shah Hostel Ground.
The festival was organized by the Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) and District Administration Khairpur 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 Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
During the ceremony Qaim Ali Shah underlined the importance of following the golden principles of scouting to alleviate worries and hardships of the people. He said inner satisfaction could be achieved through serving humanity.
The youth festival included a Technical Exhibition, Youth Conference, Sports Competitions, Meena Bazar and Scout Rally. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister lauded the role and efforts of the Sindh TEVTA in promoting technical & vocational education in Sindh to meet new requirements of the development world. He emphasized upon the need of providing opportunities for applying skills gained by the trainees and also suggested the STEVTA management to create linkage with the micro finance and loaning agencies so that trainees could be facilitated for starting their own businesses.
Expressing his satisfaction on the working of STEVTA he appreciated the hard work done by them in organizing the youth festival. Other MNA’s and MPA’s also expressed their views and recognized that this youth festival was the biggest event of youth in Khairpur.
Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA Khairpur, also participated in the festival. She visited the stalls and commended projects displayed by the trainees from various institutions. She also inquired from the trainees about their training in the institutions and necessary intervention they would like to suggest to improve the quality of the training. Majority of the trainees requested for provision of training material and equipment with hands on training in the industry for practical experience.
During her speech Dr. Nafisa Shah appreciated the effort of the STEVTA team and stressed upon the need for similar technical exhibition/program in every region and district of Sindh. She said that partnership with the industry and good working relationship between industry and institutions was the only solution to provide relevant skills and hands on experience in the industry which was crucial for gaining decent employment.
She suggested inviting maximum number of employers to witness such exhibitions and the good work done by the trainees. “This will increase the credibility of the institutions among employers,” she said appreciating the efforts of female trainees and emphasized upon creating training facilities for the socio economic development and empowerment of women.
In the end, she also distributed shields among trainees, organizers, institutions and individuals in recognition of their contribution and hard work. She also acknowledged the GIZ for its efforts in making the festival success and requested for organizing a mega event in Karachi including Job Fair for providing employment opportunities to the trainees. The STVETA Managing Director and other speakers also expressed their views on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD: Feb 20, 2014. Fisheries Development Board (FDB) launched a project of technology transfer through training and technical backstopping in the fisheries and aquaculture sector 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 Federal Republic of Germany, and being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Many fisheries experts, government representatives, fish farmers, fishermen, and representative of international development organizations participated in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest of the ceremony Seerat Asghar, federal secretary, Ministry of Food Security & Research, appreciated the efforts of FDB in promotion and development of the fisheries sector. He assured that the Government of Pakistan was fully aware of the potential of the fisheries and aquaculture sector and was working hard for its development through all available ways and means.
Faisal Iftikhar, CEO, Fisheries Development Board highlighted the ongoing program and future plans of FDB and sought support of all stakeholders for the development of the sector.
During the technical session Muhammad Junaid Wattoo, Project Manager, gave a detailed briefing on the project and its implementation plan. The workshop participants also worked on the development of Curriculum for the trainees.
Faisal Iftikhar, CEO FDB, in his closing remarks appreciated all the participants for their participation and sharing their experiences.
KARACHI, Feb 20, 2014: Experts on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) have urged the industry to invest in skilled workforce development to increase competitiveness and profitability.
They gave this call while discussing the role of employers in the TVET system, a dialogue organized by the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) here the other day. Dr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Julie Reviere, Programme Director TVET Reform Support Programme and international and national experts and industrialists from Karachi spoke on the occasion. The session featured representatives of the 20 companies in Karachi that have signed up for the GPATI program in collaboration with AMANTECH and iACT which is being supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through TVET Reform Support Programme.
In line with German concept of Dual Training, GPATI is a new model of cooperative training in Pakistan and it aims at cooperation between the training provider and the industry for delivery of the training. The cooperative training institutions are AMANTECH under AMAN foundation and iACT.The courses developed under the programme involve candidates undergoing on the job training alongside theoretical education with the assistance of their employers; allowing for an enhanced learning experience for the trainee, and a better trained work force in return.
The speakers stressed upon the need for private employers to step up and assume responsibility for the improved training and education of their workforce. They also highlighted the examples of how the GPATI programme, which is demand-driven, has been replicated on comparatively large scale.
The session was concluded with the award of certificates by the Consul General Dr. Klinner and Dr. Reviere to the first batch of trainees that have come through the GPATI programme, after having received training as Retail Assistants in collaboration with METRO Superstores, at the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (IACT) in Karachi.