PM Sharif stresses importance of TVET

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, termed the provision of market-driven technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as one of the major priorities of his government during his visit to Germany on 10 November in Berlin.

PM Pakistan is addressing the Pak-German Business Forum Enlarge image (© GiZ) Speaking at the Pakistan-German Business Forum, which was attended by a large number of Pakistani and German businessmen, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan is blessed with many young people.

 “This young population can play an important role in the socio-economic development of Pakistan if they are given employable skills”, said the Prime Minister.

 In this context, he lauded the support of Germany in the assistance of overhauling Pakistan’s TVET system in addition to many other areas of cooperation.

 Earlier, Dr. Julie Reviere, GIZ Programme Director of the Education Projects in Pakistan gave a presentation on the TVET Reform Support Programme, which aims at introducing major reforms in the TVET system of Pakistan. The programme seeks to mitigate the challenges Pakistan faces in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in the area of access, quality, equity and relevance; the objective is to create a skilled workforce which is able to satisfy the demands of the market and will help the economy grow.  

 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 and has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 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 TEVTAs and the private sector.