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UNEVOC Centre contributes to enhancing TVET in Pakistan

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20 May, 2016

Islamabad, Pakistan

Public and private sector organizations showcased their contributions to ongoing technical and vocational education and training TVET reforms in Pakistan at an event that was participated by senior government officials, employers, representatives of donor agencies and TVET stakeholders, including a large number of young people enrolled in TVET programmes across Pakistan.

Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, Executive Director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NVTTC), a UNEVOC member since 2008, inaugurated the event and highlighted the importance of TVET, emphasizing that “equipping the youth with employable skills is the only solution to alleviate poverty and unemployment in Pakistan.” He underlined the potential of youth; especially taking into account that almost 60 percent of the population consists of young people.

The event was supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, a five year initiative launched in 2011 to support the Government of Pakistan in improving the access, relevance, equity and quality of the TVET sector. The programme is funded by the European Union and the governments of the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).

The first phase of the ongoing TVET sector reform is coming to an end in December 2016, while the second phase will commence from Jan 2017 onwards for another five years.

During the first phase, which ends in December 2016, the NAVTTC has achieved a number of milestones under the National Skill Strategy (NSS). This includes launching the first-ever national TVET policy, setting up the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) and developing Competency Based Training (CBT) programmes in 130 institutes.

The event also featured a small exhibition, where a number of organizations both from public and private sectors displayed success stories as well as quality training courses, which they are offering to the youth.

28 July, 2016

Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, Executive Director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, was invited to attend a conference of the Islamabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry as the guest of honour. The conference was chaired by Senior Vice President, Sheikh Parvez Ahmad.

Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema addressed the conference by highlighting the importance of training young people in in-demand trades to ensure that they are in a better position to secure jobs nationally, as well as internationally. He reinforced this message by showing how enrolment in TVET programmes has increased and also highlighted the NVTTC’s role in enhancing TVET in Pakistan. Here, he mentioned the development of a Job Placement Center and introduction of a special course for domestic workers as two examples.

For more information on the NVTTC's activities, please visit here.



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