Karachi Jan 19, 2015: A delegation of Sri Lankan employers share best practicesemployers from Sri Lanka here on Monday to inspire industry at Karachi on how they can participate in the delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) according to the needs of the market.

The delegation of Sri Lankan employers was in town to share the first-hand information about the TVET reforms that took place in their country and helped mainstreaming of the role of the industry in different phases of TVET delivery.

This visit was facilitated by the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) – Habib University Foundation (H.U.F.), a training partner of Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) which is a vocational training scheme aimed at creating a skilled workforce for Pakistan and being managed under TVET Reform Support Programme in Pakistan.

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. This Programme has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The visiting delegation was comprised of Mr. Mangala P. B. Yapa, Secretary General/CEO of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka, Ms. Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya, General Manager, Human Resources , Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, Sri Lanka and Mr. Maliyadewa Ranasinghe, Learning & Development Manager, Holcim (Lanka), Sri Lanka.

The delegation shared at a network event the knowledge about the best practices in the areas of employers’ engagement in the TVET delivery with specific focus on the cooperative training. The event was held at PC-Hotel, Karachi where large number of employers attended the session with representation from chambers, associations and industry. Dr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General, German Consulate, Karachi participated as chief guest and share his pleasant remarks on continuous progress of GPATI at Karachi.

Further the delegation shared practices and success stories from Sri Lanka in the field of cooperative/apprenticeships training and also provided advisory services to local employers/associations interested in improving their profitability/cost reduction through apprenticeships/cooperative training system.

Sri Lankan employers share best practices 2In the last decade, the public sector of Sri Lanka institutionalized the involvement of the private sector in the planning and delivery of vocational training. In this way, the case of Sri Lanka can serve as a reference model for encouraging Pakistani enterprises to play a stronger role in GPATI (German Pakistan Training Initiative) Lanka.

Another aspect of the visit of delegation is aimed at sensitizing the stakeholders on benefits of cooperative training through informational events.

Lahore, Jan 14, 2015: There is a lot of room for collaboration between Sri Lanka and Pakistan especially for the promotion of Technical education and vocational training and both countries can learn from each other experiences.

This was stated by Mr. Mangala P. B. Yapa, Secretary General/CEO of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka while addressing a networking and experience sharing seminar here in Lahore, says a press release issued here on Wednesday.

The delegation of employers from Sri Lanka on Wednesday inspired the PakistaniIndustry linkage is must for TVET companies on how they can participate in the delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) according to the needs of the market.

The delegation of Sri Lankan employers was in town to share the first-hand information about the TVET reforms that took place in their country and helped mainstreaming of the role of the industry in different phases of TVET delivery.

This visit was facilitated by the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (PTEVTA) with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme in Pakistan 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. This Programme has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The visiting delegation is also comprised of, Ms. Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya, General Manager, Human Resources , Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, Sri Lanka and Mr. Maliyadewa Ranasinghe, Learning & Development Manager, Holcim (Lanka), Sri Lanka. General Manager Operations TEVTA Lt Col (Retd) Punjab Hamid Ghani Anjum speaking at the occasion said that authority is striving hard to enhance global competitiveness in Punjab, through a quality and productive workforce by developing demand driven, standardized, dynamic and integrated technical education and vocational training service.

He lauded the efforts of TVET reform support program adding that such visits would open up opportunities for learning from experiences of various countries aimed at promoting and providing demand driven technical education and vocational training.

The delegation shared at a network event the knowledge about the best practices in the areas of employers’ engagement in the TVET delivery with specific focus on the cooperative training.

The network session was attended by large number employers who are participating in the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI). The delegation also visited various industries in Lahore and Karachi besides meeting with representatives of various technical and vocational institutesIndustry linkage is must for TVET 2 in the country.

The delegation shared practices and success stories from Sri Lanka in the field of cooperative/apprenticeships training and will also provide advisory services to local employers/associations interested in improving their profitability/cost reduction through apprenticeships/cooperative training system.

ISLAMABAD, Jan 15, 2015: A special Taskforce finalizes the first-ever National TVET Policytaskforce, constituted for development of the first ever national policy for the technical and vocational education and training (TVET), has finalised the draft document. The policy is planned to be launched shortly.

This was shared in a briefing session held in National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) chaired by the Minister of State for Federal Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Baligh ur Rehman. The session was also attended by Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Mr. Ahsan Raja, Chairman Taskforce on TVET Policy, Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik (Additional Secretary) and Executive Director NAVTTC Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar besides national and international TVET experts of GIZ.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the excellent work by NAVTTC and TVET Reform Support Programme from inception to finalization. The policy formulation work has been supported by 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. German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned this programme, which is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the NAVTTC.

The minister acknowledged role of the taskforce for facilitating countrywide consultation around the TVET policy. He said TVET has critical role to play in social and economic development. He emphasised that key objectives of the policy document need to be quantified on the basis of pragmatic realities to ensure doable implementation of the reforms. He also highlighted the need for introducing technical education in all high schools to shift focus from general education to skills development. The aim of this policy is to reduce the drop-out ratio and to harness energies for gainful employment.

The minister specifically recognized the role of NAVTTC as an apex body for regulation of TVET reforms for the entire country and directed the task force to eliminate organizational duplications and to introduce synergetic approach. On the policy proposal for establishment of skills development fund, the minister directed that a committee may be constituted to devise a mechanism for raising and spending of the fund for skills development.

The minister also gave specific directions for further improvements in the policy document so that it can be rolled out by the end of February 2015.

Karachi, December 19, 2014: The Institute for Advancing Carrers and Talents (iACT) on Friday organized a ceremony where trainees from different commercial courses being offered under the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI)were given orientation and certificates.

GPATI pass-outs receive certificatesDr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi was the chief guest at the event, while a number of representatives of employers and industries were present at the occasion.

GPATI is a new approach of vocational training in Pakistan, which is modeled on the German Dual Training System. This pilot project is supported 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 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 in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

Under this scheme,two commercial courses of Logistics and Supply Chain Assistant and Customer Support and Sales Assistant are being offered at iACT in collaboration with leading companies of the industry as on-job training partners. This programme does not only aimat providing vocational training to the youth in Pakistan but it also provides a skilled workforce toprospective employers.

Altogether 21 students of the first batch of Logistics and Supply Chain Assistant course were awarded certificates and the students enrolled in the second batch of GPATIcourses were briefed about the programme during the event.

Dr. Klinner congratulated the graduates on successfully completing this training programme. “It’s a very proud moment for me today to hand over the certificates to the graduates, who have not only completed the commercial courses at iACT but also the majority of them have also been employed by their respective partner company. After the success of the pilot project in Karachi we now look forward to upscale GPATI on a national level. This enhancement of the training program shall further help to improve the supply and availability of manpower and employees with employable skills.”

Moreover, Syed Faheem Bukhari, Center Head iACT,identified the GPATI programme as an important professional breakthrough for the youth of Pakistan andstressed the vital efforts of public and private organizations, vocational training institutes and industry stakeholders in making this programme successful.

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.

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