Pakistan launches first ever TVET policy

TVET Enlarge image Audience at the national conference on TVET Reform in Pakistan (© GIZ GmbH)

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

Both documents were launched during a one-day National Conference on TVET Reform organised by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). The 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 Rehma 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 % TVET Enlarge image Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training Eng. Muhammad Baligur Rehman is addressing the National Conference on TVET Reform (© GIZ GmbH) of thepopulation. This indeed is a major demographic dividend if explored to its full potential, he explained. The government of Pakistan, he said, has taken upon the challenge to give its youth the skills for better economic opportunities.

Moreover, the minister explained, that these instruments 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 labour 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 Jürgen Schilling spoke on the occasion as well.