Renewable energy options bring new occupations for skilled workersTapping into the alternate sources of renewable energy is seen as a ‘game changer’ in terms of satisfying Pakistan’s growing appetite for energy, but at the same time it is also opening up new jobs and occupations for the skilled workers.

Worldwide the use of renewable energies as clean energies and available in urban as well in remote areas is a strong feature and on a constant rise. In Pakistan, which is going through the energy crisis, a visible shift is seen towards generating electricity from different natural resources. This change has led to opening up of new segments in the labor market and qualified workers with sound qualification in installing PV panels, solar water heating equipment or maintaining hydropower plants have better job opportunities.

Promotion of renewable energies, this is also one of the areas of capacity development of the TVET Reform Support Programme (TSRP). The TRSP is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements this Programme in close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

One of the focal areas is to develop and implement competency based training schemes and one of the priorities is to foster the implementation of training schemes for renewable energies, in particular

• A Building Electrician with PV panel installation (BET)
• A Plumber with installation of Solar Water Heating (PLUMB)
• A Technician for Micro Hydro Power plants (MHP)
• A Technician and a Supervisor for Biogas plants

Renewable energy options bring new occupations for skilled workers1The schemes for BET and PLUMB will pave the way for capacity building, which is going to have a spanning effect in the job market. The perspective is to work with one of the upcoming private installation companies or to set up an own little company after having gained practical experience in the field. The application of PV panel in particular is rapidly increasing and is seen as an option for stable electricity supply for running aircons, lighting, fridges etc, at least during day time with some battery back up to extend run time after sun set. It is also the appropriate solution for remote areas with not access to the public grid system. Furthermore, in urban areas the “hybrid systems” with the automatic switch between own consumption and supplying the public grid is a growing feature.

The use of solar water hearing systems is a simple and much cost efficient technology and is rapidly expanding as well, despite the still rather low gas price. However, in Pakistan with its stable sunshine of 10 month of the year the use of solar water heating is a sound alternative to the otherwise expensive natural gas, and again in particular in those areas with unstable energy supply. Qualified workers with a sound qualification in installing solar water heating systems enter a growing labor market.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KPTEVTA) with the support of TSRP is introducing a new training scheme to produce technicians for Micro Hydro Power (MHP) plants. More than 600 MHP plant each with a capacity between 50 and 150 KW capacity will be established to ease the shortage of electricity in rural and mountainous areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in years to come.Renewable energy options bring new occupations for skilled workers2 However, each of the power plant require sound operation and maintenance, otherwise efficiency drops already after some years and reduces the life span of the plants drastically, which –unfortunately- is currently the case due to a lack of trained MHP technicians. It is estimated that in KP over the next year a total of approx 4,000 MHP technicians must be trained to meet the demand of the labor market.

In close cooperation with the TEVTAs in Punjab, KPK, Balochistan and Sindh the training institutions for the BET, PLUMP and MHP schemes have been selected and training will commence in September 2015 as provincial pilots. The TEVTAs in cooperation with NAVTTC will need to plan for a widespread national roll out of these training schemes in the coming years.

Likewise, the government of the Punjab is implementing a big scheme to set up 100,000 biogas plants over the coming year. In close cooperation with the Punjab Skills Development Fund, the TRSP has facilitated the generation of CBT based training schemes and training materialfor biogas experts.

During 2015 alone a total of up to 3500 biogas technicians and supervisors will be trained. The biogas plant will be established at farm level and the biogas will be used to run engines for tube wells to pump water for the irrigation systems. However, biogas can also be used for heating, cooking or lighting purpose. The left over after the fermentation process in the biogas plant can be used as fertilizer on agricultural land.

In essence, application of renewable energies is a win – win situation, easing the energy crisis, using renewable resources and providing opportunities at the labor markets.

KARACHI, April 28, 2015: Experts have underlined the need for adopting all the protocols for occupational safety and health to avoid work-related incidents and comply with international labour standards in Pakistan.

EFP-Occupational-Safety--Health-awards They gave this call at 10th Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) awards distribution ceremony held here on Tuesday.

The event was organized by EFP in collaboration with International Labor Organization (ILO) and 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 has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Mr. Sikander Ismail Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development, who was the chief guest on the occasion, emphasized the need for safety at workplace and outlined a number of initiatives undertaken by government for promoting safety at work. He informed the audience that the safety at work is an important aspect out of 27 international labour standards which are to be followed by the exporting companies of Pakistan to the European Union.

EFP-Occupational-Safety--Health-awards -2The overall award on OSH was given to Pakistan Refinery Limited while second position was shared by Pak Arab Refinery Limited and Hino Pak and third position was awarded to International Industries Limited. K Electric has topped the oil, gas and energy sector while second position was given to Attock Refinery and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited got third position. Rafhan Maize Limited grabbed first position in food, FMG and pharmaceutical sector and Serena Hotels Tourism Limited got first prize in service sector while SICPA Inks Private Limited got first prize in allied sector and encouraging award was given to DHL Pakistan.

Mr. Francesco d’ Ovidio, the Country Director ILO for Pakistan, also appreciated the efforts of EFP in promoting the international labour standards. He highlighted the efforts of the ILO in promoting the standards for workplace safety and their contribution in developing the policy for workplace safety and the joint action plan with the Government of Sindh for promoting safety at the workplace.

Mr. Oliver Petzoldt, SEQUA Team Leader in Pakistan for TVET Reform Support Programme speaking at the occasion congratulated the award winners and termed the adherence of OSH standards as overall success of business.

EFP-Occupational-Safety--Health-awards-3He also mentioned that a safety guideline and manual in collaboration with labor department of Punjab is being prepared which will be available online for access and can be adopted. He also highlighted on the importance on TVET sector as well as green skills.

Earlier, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Nauman, President – Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, Mr. Zahoor Awan, General Secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) and Mr. Ali Ashraf Naqvi, Joint Director Labour, Government of Sindh also spoke on the occasion.

Confidence comes from discipline and training and it proves to be true for Kiran Zubair, one of Pakistan’s recently internationally certified experts in vocational counselling and placement.

Pakistani youth to get vocational counselling-MSZubair“The role of vocational counsellor is to facilitate the aspiring youngsters and this is something which brought tremendous change in my way of dealing when I got the required training and subsequently the international certification,” says a confident Ms. Zubair. She is one of the 31 experts from across Pakistan, whohas recently been awarded international certification for vocational counselling and job placement services.

With 31 participants, who passed the international certification process of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) the number of internationally certified experts, offering vocational counselling and job placement services has reached to 49.

The examination for the international certification was 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. This Programme, which supports the Government of Pakistan in reforming the TVET system, has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Ms Zubair, who works in Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi-a Pakistani non-profit, termed the training and examination process as wonderful experience adding that this certificate will enable her to adopt the role of facilitator for aspiring youngsters in a more professional way.

Pakistani youth to get vocational counselling

The preparatory course, she thinks,has improved her confidence because personality was also being judged throughout the process. She remarked that she would continue to extend the training to upcoming youth so it doesn’t stop with only certified VC & JP officers.

International recognition through certification will be a value addition for the trained officers,as well as respective provincial and federal authorities and private sector for identifying right and most suitable candidates for jobs.

These initiatives will not only support the government but will also play a significant role in the lives of the jobless young population through early vocational and career counselling in order to select the best possible options for themselves.

Pakistani youth to get vocational counselling-ZubairEngr. Muhammad Pervez Khan is another certified expert. He works at Government Technical Training Insitute Ekka Ghund, Mohmand Agency(FATA). Sharing the same views, Mr. Khan says the training as well as examination have helped him build the confidence to impart quality guidance to youth.

The selected staffers have been trained on how to provide client-oriented counselling and how to liaise with the local industry in order to meet the demands of the industry.

The objective of the intervention is to ensure a similar knowledge base, therefore comparable quality of service of people working in VC&JP services or employment related topics, such as Human Resource Management.

Munir Rajput, who is working with Punjab Vocational Training Council(PVTC), is another certified officer. Rajput shared that he learned several new things during the process of certification and is now able to provide systematic approach to students who according to him comes without proper guidance and direction.

He said that he has already conducted in house training as well on the concept along with facilitating a session with AJK TEVTA. “I am so happy to share that two of my trainees are now certified trainer,” he shared with joy.

The way forward for each VC&JP officer is to build trust between employers of the local labour market and the TVET institution, to place the pass outs of the coursesafter they are provided with the acquired skills and knowledge.

Furthermore, the employers as the main partners of the VC&JP officers get a transparent and clear picture of the professional background and the services provided by each certified officer.

Therefore, an international CCI certificate is a great step to support the trust building process between the TVET sector and the employers.

EFP announces 3rd Employer of the Year AwardKARACHI: The Employers' Federation of Pakistan (EFP)has announced the 3rd Employer of the Year Award 2014 to recognize and honor the efforts of large, medium and small enterprises for their contribution and commitment towards creation of skilled workforce and provision of a supportive work environment.

The award competition is supported by 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 has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this Programme in close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

The awards would be given in three categories including The Best Enterprise for Human ResourceDevelopment (3 Categories – Large, Medium & Small Enterprises with 3 prizes in each category), The Best Enterprise for Work Place Environment (3 Categories – Large, Medium & Small Enterprises with 3 prizes in each category) and The Best CEO of the Year. This year special attention will also be given to those companies, which are participating in the Cooperative Training models.

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Mechatronics course attracts youth at KarachiKARACHI, April 8, 2015: A large number of youth signed up for a new two-year mechatronics training programme, which is being offered under Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI)by the Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) at Karachi.

GPATI is a new training approach towards creating a demand-driven technical and vocational education and training system in Pakistan, which is based on the German Dual Training System. This system has been modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training to match Pakistan’s needs for a highly skilled workforce.

The AMANTECH has launched this demand driven two year course for producing a qualified human resource for the industries of the country in the area of Mechatronics.

Mechatronics is a merger of principles of electrical, mechanical, computer and industrial engineering. It’s a novel approach to the design, development and maintenance of intelligent, automated products for different industries.

Mechatronics course attracts youth at Karachi-1The interest of young people can be gauged from the fact that for available 30 seats for the course, 161 aspirants applied for the course while 141 appeared for admission test on 24th Feb 2015.

The 2 year course is approved by the Sindh Board of Technical Education being offered in AMANTECH Karachi. Besides professional training, these courses will also include functional English language, IT and professional work ethics.

The students would also get stipend and On Job Training (OJT) opportunity in national andmultinational companies that include Toyota, Bayer, Suzuki and General tyres. The classes have commenced from 9th March 2015.

GPATI, which is supported by the Technical and Vocational Education Training Reform Support Programme (TVET-RSP) in Pakistanfunded 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 fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this Programme in close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and TEVTAs as well as technical institutions including AMANTECH. More information on the course can be obtained from (www.amanfoundation.org).

KARACHI, March 19, 2015: There is a dire need for employer-led cooperative training in the country and private sector should come forward to take on this challenge for a skilled workforce essential for enhancing national productivity.

Minister distributes awards  medals to TVET graduatesThis was the crux of the presentations and speeches at the awards distribution ceremony organized by Skill Development Council Karachi with the support of TVET Reform Support Program funded by European Union and governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The programme is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

Federal State Minister for Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman was the chief guest of the occasion. He distributed awards among participating institutes and 30 prize holders were decorated with medals in recognition of their performance at a local hotel on Thursday.

The chairman of SDC Ehsanullah Khan welcomed the participants and shared their objectives of the ceremony while Syed Nazar Ali shared his presentation on private sector involvement in TVET sector.

Mr. Allah Buksh Malik, Federal Additional Secretary Education, Mr. Khawaja Muhammed Nauman, president of Employer Federation of Pakistan, Mr. Fayaz Ranjha of National Testing Board Islamabad and Faheem Bukhari of iACT also spoke on the occasion.

The speakers said that youth counts majority of the population and parents’ emphasis on formal education to their children but job opportunities for them are equal to none and moves to other cities for better job options.

TEVT sector can be an alternate way for the youth in the region to acquire skills which they can utilize to earn their livelihood living in their own region, they observed.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said that government and industry are on one page and referred to recently launched first ever TVET policy and termed it as sign of success.

He also mentioned Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) as wonderful model for cooperative training.

The federal minister addressing the participants said that imparting better education and training to youth is our responsibility, which will bring improvement in their lives and the country as well.

He said that besides Minister distributes awards  medals to TVET graduates 2conventional education, the student will soon be provided vocational training in the schools from class sixth to matric.

He appreciated the SDC and its partner institutes for their efforts in imparting vocational training to the students adding that a skilled professional gets better job because the technical education develops its capacity to perform in a better manner.

Though, education is a provincial subject now, yet efforts are being made to harmonize it through the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination for bringing about improvement in the sector, he noted. He also laid stress on promotion of blue collar peoples which he termed as assets of any country and growing economy.

More than 350 participants attended the ceremony that included parents, youngsters as well as employers and heads of various private institutions.

ISLAMABAD, March 4, 2015: The Government of Pakistan on Wednesday launched the first ever National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy document and the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which will improve the quality of skills’ training in the country.

Both the documents were launched during a one-day National Conference on TVET Reform organized by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). Pakistan launches TVET policy NVQFThe conference was 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. The 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 in close collaboration with NAVTTC.

Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman was the chief guest, while European Union ambassador HE Lars- Gunnar Wigemark, the German ambassador HE Dr. Cyrill Nunn, the Dutch ambassador HE Marcel de Vink and the Norwegian ambassador HE Leif Holger Larsen were the guests of honour. More than 300 government officials, TVET experts, employers, office bearers of a number of chambers of commerce and industry and trade associations across the country attended the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Engr. Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that Pakistan is not only blessed with numerous natural resources but it is also one of the few countries with a population bulge of young people which is 60 % of the population and which stands over 180 million. This indeed is a major demographic dividend if explored to its full potential, he opined.

Pakistan launches TVET policy NVQF 1The government of Pakistan, he explained, has taken upon this challenge stands firm to its resolve and commitment of skilling its youth for better economic opportunities for future generations. The minister further said that greater priority to TVET, increased access across the country, improved quality, the private sector in the driving seat and a national system for Pakistani qualifications and certificates were all salient features of the TVET Policy.

Moreover, elaborating the NVQF, the minister said that this instrument will facilitate both horizontal and vertical progress by learners within the TVET system and will provide a basis for recognition of qualifications at national and international levels. Additionally, it provides guidelines for recognition of prior learning since more than 70% of the labor force is trained in the informal sector in Pakistan, he said. He resolved that the government is committed to implement the TVET policy and NVQF in letter and spirit, which will create a paradigm shift in the TVET delivery system.

Earlier all the four ambassadors, Executive Director NAVTTC Muhammad Imtiaz Tajwar and Country Director GIZ Pakistan Juergen Schilling spoke on the occasion.

Skills training to reduce unemployment in KPPESHAWAR, Feb 3, 2015: Industrialists, experts and government functionaries on Tuesday underlined the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), saying the rampant unemployment and poverty in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa can be reduced by equipping the growing young population with employable skills.

This was the crux of a one-day seminar entitled-TVET Reform-A need of the hour-organized by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education & Vocational Training Agency (KP-TEVTA) here on Tuesday.

The seminar was supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and TEVTAs across Pakistan

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak was the chief guest on the occasion, while besides a large number of participants from different walks of life; Chairman KP-TEVTA Nauman Wazir, Secretary Industries Sajid Khan Jadoon and Programme Director Education GIZ Pakistan Dr. Julie Reviere were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief Skills training to reduce unemployment in KP 2minister said that the incumbent provincial government is committed to bring drastic changes in every sector including TVET. For this purpose, he said, the government has set up the KP-TEVTA, which is led-by the private sector because without the involvement of industry demand-driven workforce cannot be produced.

He further said the provincial government making efforts to make TEVTA effectively operational as an autonomous body and training organizations as the Directorate General of Technical Education and Manpower Training (DGTE & MT) has been brought under the umbrella of TEVTA.

He hoped that the TVET system would help the provincial government in creating a TVET system, which is relevant to market demand as well as every young boy and girl have access to the TVET so that they can earn decent livelihood.

Chairman KP-TEVTA Nauman Wazir in his opening remarks highlighted the efforts made for making the TVET delivery in line with the market demands. He said after the setting up of the KP-TEVTA the budget for technical education in KP has been increased from Rs 15 million to Rs 970 million only for training and material, while the overall budget for the sector has risen from Rs 3.8 billion to Rs 8 billion, which shows the that the current government attaches high priority to the TVET.

Skills training to reduce unemployment in KP 3He further said setting up of Institute Management Committees in all 71 institutes, hiring of Highly Skilled Instructors (HSI) to impart practical training, permission to perform as service providers with 80% of the income generated from such commercial activity to be distributed amongst the students/teachers and preparation of and startup of Diploma in hydro and mining sector are some of the steps taken for quality TVET system in KP.

Programme Director Education GIZ Pakistan Dr Julie Reviere and a number of other speakers also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of TVET and its reform.

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.

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