Skill development is one of the forefront concerns of government that is diligently working to synchronize education with market requirements, has said by Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, on Wednesday.
Addressing a TVET related inter-provincial ministerial conference, held by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), he said reforms were being introduced to bring the current education system in line with the requirements of the marketplace, in order to prepare the workforce in collaboration with different international institutions.
The minister said linkages have been initiated with the chambers of commerce and industry, in order to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The government was giving priority to quality education to ensure maximum human resource development in synchronization with current market requirements.
He further added that the government was focusing on improving the quality of education to ensure the curricula was relevant to the job market. Future of the country was dependent on providing marketable skills to the youth so that they could secure stable jobs.
Mehmood said annual development plan was underway to ensure training prospects for all. Different training institutes of the country would be changed into centres of excellence to boost performances. The minister said the government was also working with the provincial government for the up gradation of curricula on modern lines. The government will soon establish first of its kind National Skill University at Islamabad, along with five centres of excellence, one within each province.
Special Assistant to PM Youth Affairs Usman Dar said the government was focused on transforming the TVET sector and was devoted to empower and support youngsters.
“We are soon going to launch the national youth development framework that will help in synchronising training with job placement. Moreover, we are working on a national employment exchange portal which is being developed by NAVTTC that will facilitate youth in matching skills with the demand of the labour market,” he added. “With the help of NAVTTC, we are focusing on enhancing innovation-driven entrepreneurship skills of youth and promote blue collared and white collared jobs,” Dar said.
The first TVET related inter-provincial ministerial conference was held by NAVTTC in order to address the challenges faced by TVET sector, with the aim of drafting a roadmap to address the issues at hand. The conference was attended by Ministers from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and AJK, ambassadors of Turkey, Germany, Norway and European Union, representatives from European Union, Scotland, British Council, China, USAID, UNDP, GIZ, ADB, TIKA, JICA, and others.
The participants also provided suggestion to TVET for uplifting the sector and welcomed the initiation of the conference by the education ministry and NAVTTC.