Karachi, April 17, 2014: Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA), Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOP) on Thursday joined hands for producing skilled workforce to meet the industrial requirement in Sindh.

Public private sector to work hands in handsHeads of all the three private sector organizations signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with STEVTA at a ceremony, where a large number of industrialists and government officials were present.

The signing of MoUs 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.


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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zakaria Usman, President - FPCCI, Mr. Khawaja Nouman, President – EFP, Mr. Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Managing Director – Sindh TEVTA & Special Secretary to the Chief Minister Sindh and Mr. Ahsan Ullah Khan, Chairman – WEBCOP highlighted the importance and relevance of private sector’s involvement and participation in TVET and assured their support in achieving the same.

Mr. Syed Nazar Ali, Director Operations – Sindh TEVTA briefed on the importance of partnerships between the TEVTA and the industry and discussed initiatives already taken for involving industry in skills development. He also briefed about the skills for productivity and enterprise competitiveness and the role of skilled workforce in industrial development.

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Ms. Susanne Magdalene Wallstein from TVET Reform Support Programme appreciated the efforts of the Sindh TEVTA, EFP, FPCCI and WEBCOP and opined that the MoU signing is an integral part of the TVET sector reforms and will help in improving the access, quality and relevance of the TVET delivery. She hoped that this event will lead to further enhancing and strengthening the private sector involvement in TVET sector development in Sindh.

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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.Provinces learn from Punjab-1 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.

Under one roof to learn share experiencesThis 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.Under one roof to learn share experiences-1

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).

PTEVTA launched awareness drive on TVET in schools-3In 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.

PTEVTA launched awareness drive on TVET in schools-2Sessions 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FATA to have 6 vocational counselling  job placement centers-1Administering 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.

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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.

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