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.
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.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 20, 2014: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) in Sindh and Punjab have stepped up efforts to acquire ISO certification in a bid to improve quality management.
The initiative of ISO certification for TEVTAs is being 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 being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with NAVTTC.
The key focus of the ISO program is to improve the capacity of TEVTA staff in order to manage and implement policies and procedures for achieving quality management objectives. To measure the level of achievement the key global indicators generally referred to the agreed and established quality standards.
The ISO certification process is widely acclaimed to meet high standards in terms of process and output management and thus it is adopted for consistency and competitiveness. Both the TEVTAs in Sindh and Punjab are to be certified against International Standard of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008. For attaining the ISO certification, teams consisting of 20 officers from each TEVTA have been constituted and were given training on introduction and steps for implementation of ISO 9001:2008.
The ISO project intends to promote a support and coaching interaction between the two established TEVTAs, i.e. Punjab and Sindh, vis-à-vis the still infant institutions of other regions i.e. AJK, KPK & Baluchistan in order to promote a common approach of TEVTA management staff to face the challenges of the TVET quality assurance in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10, 2014: The World Wildlife Fund on Monday launched a special project to equip 300 men and women with employable skills in the southern Punjab.The initiative-Green Skills Project, is supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH GIZ in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
|Baleegh-ur-Rehman, Minister of state for Education Trainings and standards in Higher Education launched the project at a ceremony held here on Monday. Apart from a large number of people from different walks of life, Director General, WWF- Pakistan Ali Hassan Habib, and Dr. Juile Reviere, Principal Advisor TVET Reform Support Programme were also present on the occasion.|
The project aims at training 300 young men and women in occupational skills such as renewable energy, livestock management and crop administration during a period of one year.
Overall the project will benefit 2300 families in four districts of southern Punjab including Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal and Jhang.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 14, 2014: National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has awarded accreditation to 15 institutes, imparting technical education and vocational training (TVET) in the public and private sector.
A decision to award accredit these TVET institutes was taken by the TVET Accreditation and Quality Evaluation Committee (TA&QEC) held here the other day.
NAVTTC Director General Adeela Bukhari chaired the meeting, while members from all the provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs), Boards of Technical Education (BTEs), Trade Testing Boards (TTBs), FPCCI, All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF), Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP),National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) Islamabad, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and National Training Bureau (NTB) participated in the session.
Accreditation of the TVET institutes have been introduced for the first time in Pakistan as a measure to improve quality of the training delivery under 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 fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with NAVTTC.
The TA&QEC evaluated 18 applications from the TVET institutes, out of which 15 institutes in 63 different demand driven trades were awarded the accreditation, while the remaining three institutes will go through second round of assessment.
The newly accredited institutes include SMA Rizvi Textile Institute Karachi, Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute Karachi, Government College of Technology Peshawar, Multan Technical Education Centre Multan Cantt, Rangers Institute of Technical Education (RITE)Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute Lahore, PHMA- Institute of Knitwear Technology Karachi, Descon Technical Institute Lahore, Government Technical Training Institute Mirpur AJ&K, Government College of Technology Rawlakot AJ&K, Vocational Training Center (Female) Kotli AJ&K, Lahore Institute of Technical Education (LITE) Lahore, Government Technical Training Institute, Gulberg-11, Lahore, Pakistan Knitwear Training Institute New Garden Town Lahore and Fauji Foundation Technical Training Centre (TTC) Rawalpindi.
With this fresh accreditation of 15 TVET institutes, total number of accredited institutes has reached to 38 with 109 trades.
ISLAMABAD, 27 Jan, 2014: Stakeholders from all over Pakistan have agreed to modernize the existing apprenticeship system with a view to provide employable skills to the youth.
The stakeholders both from public and private sector formed consensus at a National Dialogue on Apprenticeship Reforms organized by National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Program, 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 GIZ in Pakistan.
More than ninety representatives from Business Community, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOP)and renowned Industriesrepresentatives from across the country participated in the session.
Director General, NAVTTC Muhammad Yahya highlighted the need to reforms the apprenticeship training in line with the new market trends and the changing demand of industry. He further stated that apprenticeship is one of the foremost priority areas of NAVTTC’s National Skill Strategy.
Per Borjegren from the TVET Reform Support Programme oriented the participant about the main activities and objectives of the reform programme. He further appreciated the efforts of private sector for their initiative towards the supporting the dialogue on apprenticeship system. Abdul Hafeez Abbasi Director, NAVTTC elaborated the existing apprenticeship system in Pakistan, its limitations and proposed reforms measures which require the active participation of the public and private sector.
Syed Nazar Ali from Sindh TEVTA Sindh and Waheed Asghar from Punjab TEVTA emphasized on the importance of the reforms and discussed the related activities carried out in the past for modernizing the current apprenticeship system. Muhammad Ali Khan from GIZ presented the German-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) as a model for cooperative training and implementation of the actual TVET sector reform in Pakistan.
Mr. Fasih K. Siddiqi, representing the private sector appreciated the role of NAVTTC and the support extended by TVET Reform Support program towards this initiative of understanding employers’ needs and requirements.
European Union Restricted Call for Proposals
"Investing in People" Education, knowledge
and skills Employment and social cohesion
Empowerment for better livelihoods, including skills development and vocational education and training, for marginalised and vulnerable persons and people dependent on the informal economy
The European Union is seeking proposals for actions that:
i) Support for the enhancement of livelihoods of people dependent on the informal economy, including skills development and vocational and education training and support to initiatives aimed at developing self-employment and job creation/improvement.
ii) Support for the social inclusion of vulnerable groups through access to basic social services.
The financial assistance for these proposals will be provided by the programme "Investing in People" under the theme Education, Knowledge and Skills Employment and Social Cohesion.
Full Guidelines for applicants are available on the following website link:
Deadline for submission of Concept note: 19 February 2014 at 16:00 hrs (Brussels date and time)
HYDERABAD Jan 07, 2014: Sindh Technical and Vocational Training Authority organized two-week special courses on different vocational trades for the girls’ students from the general stream of education in a bid to motivate youth to learn skills and earn a decent livelihood.
Short-term vocational training was imparted as a follow up of the TVET sensitization drive, which the STEVTA has recently launched in high and higher secondary schools of Sindh to motivate young boys and girls to adopt TVET as their career path. 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 the GIZ, is supporting the awareness campaign.
At the end of the two-weeks training courses, a certificate distribution ceremony was held at Vocational Training Center Qasimabad, Hyderabad Sindh, Where 66 regular female students who have completed 15 days trainings in vocational trade were awarded certificates.
Jamal Mustafa Syed, Divisional Commissioner of Hyderabad Sindh was the chief guest of the ceremony, while Director Technical education (Vocational), Abdul Hafiz Abro, Director schools Hyderabad Muhammad Alam, Principal GCT Ghulam Ahmad, teachers of the schools and a large number of parents were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner appreciated the efforts of STEVTA, adding that STEVTA gave an opportunity to girl’s students for learning skills. He said it is very beneficial for students’ career.
Mr. Abdul Hafeez Abro, Director STEVTA Hyderabad, explained the activities included in the training and sensitization. He said that 100 girl students of Government Girls High School Gole Building Hyderabad went through the training courses. At the end Commissioner Jamal Mustafa distributed sixty six certificates among students and visited different sections of the training center.
HYDERABAD, Dec 14 2013: Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) have launched a sensitization campaignto create awareness among the students of high and higher secondary schools on the importance of technical education & vocational training.
In this connection the STEVTA with the support of 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 the GIZ, organized awareness sessions in two schools of Hyderabad, where boys and girls were given basic information about TVET opportunities and its importance.
Two one-day sessions were held inGovernment High School (Boys) Society No. 1 Hyderabad and Government High School (Girls) Gole Building Hyderabad on Dec 13 and Dec 14 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.
First one day sensitization seminar was attended by more than 120 girls and 180 boys’ students of class 8th, 9th and 10th. The Director School, Director STEVTA, Principal of the school and teachers are also attended the sensitization program.
Director STEVTA addressed the session and explained the importance and role of the technical education and vocational training in present scenario. He said that such awareness sessions and discussions forum should be conducted at every high school. During question and answers sessions boys and girls showed very enthusiastic and asked questions regarding technical education and future of the training, on they were briefed about the training and future of the technical education.