Pakistan’s economic future is linked to imparting technical and vocational education and training to youth for accelerating economic growth and the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) is taking many initiatives to realise this objective, said NAVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema.
He was addressing a seminar at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) organised to create awareness in the business community about the role of NAVTTC in promoting vocational and technical education in the country. NAVTTC Islamabad Region Director General Naeem Siddiqui and Director General Admin and Finance Zubair Hashmi were also present at the occasion.
He said NAVTTC is providing policy direction, regulation and coordination to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector in the country. Highlighting key initiatives of his organisation, he said NAVTTC has now adopted a proactive approach and developed a national skills strategy to produce demand-driven technical manpower in the country.
Cheema said that NAVTTC is now shifting to competency-based trainings to improve the employability of trained workforce. A database of 0.7 million trained and skilled youth covering various trades has been developed and uploaded on NAVTTC web portal and employers could use this databank to recruit persons of desired trade, he added.
He said a job placement centre has been established at NAVTTC headquarters and such centres will also be established at provincial and divisional levels for better placement of skilled and trained youth in public and private sectors. He said that national training bureau has been merged with NAVTTC and it would be converted into a world class training institute so that its trainees could be accepted throughout the world.