KARACHI, Nov 27, 2014: Sindh Techncial EducationAccreditation Workshop and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) has launched awareness campgain to sensitize the managments of institutes, imparting technical and vocational education and training (TVET), about the accreditation of their respective insitutes and training programmes at the national level.

In this regards the STEVTA organized three workshops in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur, where a large number of principals from its vocational training institutes and regional directors participated and got first-hand information about processes and procedures involving the accreditation of TVET insitutes and programmes.

The workshops were facilitated by the TVET Reform Support Programme (TVET-RSP), whcih is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norewgian Embassy and has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this Programme inAccreditation Workshop 2 close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

Under the TVET RSP, 1000 TVET institutes and programmes will be accrediated by NAVTTC to ensure quality of the training delivery in the TVET sector by Dec 2016. NAVTTC has launched the accrediatation regim for the TVET institutes and programmes as an instrument of assuring quality of institutes/centers and programmes of TVET.

The purpose of accrediation system is to generate public trust in the qualifications provided by technical and vocational education as well as it also makes qualifications nationally and internationally comparable, acceptable and recognizable. Further, it enhance the quality of individual institutes/centers as well as the quality of the (TVET) sector.

In these workshops, International Accreditation expert Mr. Volker Husberg provided comprehensive overview of the accreditation process, criteria, application and internal quality management. Similarly, the participants were also breifed on how the TVET RSP will provide technical support in developing capacity of the institutes for making them ready for the accrediatation. Principals of the participating TVET institutes also presented individually, the performance review of their respective institutes with 2 minutes of video and five minute of power point presentation.

Deputy Director Acccreditation NAVTTC Ms. Shagufta Naz also participated the third workshop held in Sukker Region. She urged the principals that concencerated efforts are required to uplift the quality of the TVET institutes so that certificates issued by these institutes and the graduates are acceptable at national and international level.

The Managing Director STEVTA Mr. Mumtaz Ali Shan, who presided over the workshop in Karachi, gave directions to improve the quality of TVET delivery by enabling the respective TVET institutes to improve upon their deficiencies in terms of quality and minimum requirments of the accrediation.

LAHORE, November 27: ExpertsEngro Conference and leaders from the corporate sector in Lahore on Thursday underlined the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and urged for permanent and meaningful linkages of public and private sector for the production of a skilled workforce in line with the market needs.

This was a clear message coming from the national conference entitled “Sustainability Exchange Conference”.

The conference was organized by the Engro Foundation with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

The main objective of the conference was to promote a profound dialogue between public and private representatives on the TVET reform, with the objective to improve livelihoodsEngro Conference 2 through relevant skills training, job creation and sustainable investment.

Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Mr. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar was the chief guest, while His Excellences Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigermark, the Ambassador of European Union, Mr. Marcel de Vink, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Cyrill Nunn, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Leif Holger Larsen, the Ambassador of Norway were the guests of honour on the occasion.

Mr. Sarwar, Minister for Labour Punjab in his speech applauded Engro’s efforts and said: “Public private partnership is a crucial model and it is necessary for the government to support the private sector and help it expand and develop.

He said the role of the private sector is very important to produce a quality workforce for the job market. The government, he said, encourages the participation of the industry in the TVET delivery process as the public TVET system alone can’t produce the needed workforce for the job market unless it is closely linked to the industry.

The conference highlighted the roleEngro Conference 3 of the corporate sector in employing policies that can effectively help Pakistan reap benefits of the youth dividend specifically with regards to the ongoing TVET reform. The panelists stressed that, there is greater need and scope to invest in skills programs supported by the public sector and backed by industry demand.

The participants stressed upon quality versus quantity in the TVET system, adding the private sector can be seen as an engine for improving quality of the skills training. They argued that corporate investment therefore should be designed to take advantage of Pakistan’s competitive strengths and fulfill the country’s social and economic needs. In this context the quality of the training was mentioned so that the pass outs will indeed be picked up by the industry.

ISLAMABAD, Nov 24, 2014: Stakeholders from public and private sectors on Monday commended the progress made in the ongoing technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector reform and hoped that the results will help to better provide skills according to the market needs.

Stakeholders review progress of TVET reformHeads of different TVET sector organizations, office bearers of a number of employer-led organizations and corporate leaders shared these views at the 5th steering committee meeting of the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar and Head of Cooperation of the European Union, Bernard Francois, co-chaired the meeting. The main purpose of the meeting was to review progress of the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with NAVTTC.

The participants of the meeting were briefed about the major achievements of the reform programme by NAVTTC, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs), Employers Federation of Pakistan and Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan. Some of the key achievements include: drafting the first-ever national TVET Policy, a National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), revision of apprenticeship law, establishment of National Skills Information System, development of over a 100 Competency Based Training Curricula, launching of first-ever pre-service training programme for the TVET teachers as well as accreditation TVET institutes and programmes across the country.

QUETTA, Nov 21, 2014: The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Pakistan Marcel de Vink on Friday underlined the importance of technical education and vocational training (TVET), saying a better TVET system can equip millions of youth with employable skills.

He expressed these views in a Dutch envoy commends TVET reform in Balochistanmeeting with officials from National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Balochistan Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (BTEVTA).

The meeting was facilitated by the TVET Reform Support Programme, funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this program in close collaboration with the NAVTTC.

The ambassador was given a presentation on Balochistan-specific ongoing TVET reforms, where Ambassador De Vink commended the progress and hoped that it would help laydown a solid foundation for a better system in the province.

A traditional Balochi embroidery souvenir was presented to the Ambassador on this occasion, Mr. Abdul Rauf Baloch, Regional Director NAVTTC Balochistan and Mr. Zamran Marri, Director – Head, Balochistan Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (BTEVTA),Mr. Irfan also seen in the picture.

KARACHI, Nov 18, 2014: The European Union Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark here on Tuesday underlined the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), saying skills training is essential for the macroeconomic growth of Pakistan.

EU to continue supporting TVET sector in PakistanHe said this while visiting Aman Institute for Technical Training (AMANTECH) to see various projects being implemented with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme, along with a delegation of Ambassadors from the European Union Member States.

The TVET Reform Support Programme is funded by the European Union, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

The EU ambassador further said that the European Union is committed to support the TVET sector development in Pakistan because this sector plays a critical role to boost macroeconomic growth in the country. He said that Pakistan is blessed with a young population, and this opportunity can only be utilised if the youth is equipped with employable skills.

AMANTECH is implementing partner for the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), which is a model of cooperative training with strong involvement of enterprises in the training delivery process and being piloted under TVET Reform Support Programme. Similarly it is also running a project of developing training simulator for the TVET institute with the support of the same Programme.

Upon arrival the delegation was given a short overview of the TVET Reform Support Programme and a guided tour to the training facility.

BERLIN Nov 10, 2014: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, PM Sharif stresses on importance of TVETMian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, on Monday termed the provision of market-driven technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as one of the major priorities of his government.

Speaking at the Pakistan-German Business Forum, which was attended by a large number Pakistani and German businessmen, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan is blessed with many young people. “This young population can play an important role in the socio-economic development of Pakistan if they are given employable skills,” said the Prime Minister.

In this context, he lauded the support of Germany in the assistance of overhauling Pakistan’s TVET system in addition to many other areas of cooperation.

Earlier, Dr. Julie Reviere, GIZ Programme Director of the Education Projects in Pakistan gave a presentation on the TVET Reform Support Programme, which aims at introducing major reforms in the TVET system of Pakistan. The programme seeks to mitigate the challenges Pakistan faces in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in the area of access, quality, equity and relevance; the objective is to create a skilled workforce which is able to satisfy the demands of the market and will help the economy grow.

The TVET Reform Support Programme is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy and has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), the TEVTAs and the private sector.

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.

engro projectThe 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 engro project 2will 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 EFP presents awards to best companies for producing skilled workforceinitiated 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 EFP presents awards to best companies for producing skilled workforce 2Hanif 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 Pak German universities to produce new generation of tvetuniversity 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.Pak German universities to produce new generation of tvet 2

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).

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