Islamabad: Federal Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Shafqat Mahmood has inaugurated the NAVTTC Center of Excellence in Modern Technologies at the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Islamabad.
It was created by NAVTTC with the cooperation of GIZ, European Union, Norway and Germany.
The minister stressed the need to create more centers of excellence that provide cutting-edge technological training to young people, who are in high demand internationally and in industry.
NAVTTC has established COE Islamabad with several labs in modern technologies through donors, for mechatronics, computer and CNC labs.
The minister said that the government was giving top priority to the TVET sector and had provided Rs 10 billion under the NAVTTC Prime Minister’s Skills for All Program – ‘Kamyab Jawan Programme’, which is the flagship program of the government to provide income-generating high-tech skills to young people.
The government continues to give high priority to vocational training, especially in high technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, etc.
The government has given NAVTTC the goal of producing one million young skilled workers, and the availability of such skilled labor will lead to massive improvement in the labor market and industry.
The government is focusing on reforms in the TVET sector to align technical and vocational training with market requirements, in order to prepare the workforce with accreditation from international bodies.
NAVTTC Chairman Syed Javed Hasan said NAVTTC is working hand in hand with training partners to improve the quality of the TVET sector. NAVTTC has so far successfully trained 74,736 young people in 150 advanced technologies and 100 conventional technologies with 71% employment.
Another batch of 63,000 young people receive vocational training through 989 training partners and reputable universities. 95% of young people said they were satisfied with the quality of the training provided by NAVTTC. He mentioned that the government’s Skills for All strategy acts as a catalyst to deliver quality training to young people.
NAVTTC Executive Director Sajid Baloch assured that NAVTTC is fully committed to providing quality trainings and thanked donors EU, Germany and Norway for their valuable support to Pakistan.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of the NAVTTC team in accomplishing the task of creating CoEin Modern Technologies.
The NAVTTC COE Islamabad will be a training center for Chief Master Trainers and Master Trainers who will then train a large number of young people in employable modern technologies.
This will further pave the way for the Pakistani TVET system to sustainably improve training delivery and assessment, career guidance and job placement.