Advancing TVET for Youth Empowerment and National Development:

Government focused on advancing TVET for youth empowerment and national development: Usman Dar


—NAVTTC‘s mega project for Skilling youth discussed in the consultative meeting today

Under the “Hunarmand Jawan” initiative, NAVTTC will embark on a comprehensive reforms process of the country’s skill development sector, to make it compatible with the requirements of the country’s huge youth population as well as domestic and international job markets. The program is part of the governments recently announced “Kamyab Jawan” initiative.

A consultative meeting to discuss project (PC-1) of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) for implementation of the program was held in Islamabad which was attended by various stakeholders of technical and vocational TVET sector from all the provinces and regions to make collaborative and coordinated efforts for making this mega project more effective and meaningful for socio-economic empowerment of youth across Pakistan.

Addressing the meeting, Special Assistant to the PM, Mr. Usman Dar stated that this unique and ambitious program is aimed at skilling our most precious national asset i.e. youth by creating employment opportunities for their social and economic uplift and enabling them to play their pivotal role in the national development. He mentioned that unlike the past practices, our focus is on enhancing quality and not on just increasing numbers. He proposed that a Technical Steering Committee should be constituted to review the progress of the project on quarterly basis. To ensure merit and transparency, the entire program will be made available on a digital platform, he added.

“We are focused on imparting quality training to our youth which is the only way to guarantee employability to atleast 80% of our TVET graduates”, said the chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hasan. One of the key features of this project is encouraging maximum participation of women in our TVET sector, he said.

“This huge project is one of its kinds, envisaging the reform agenda of TVET sector of Pakistan, and has been developed after extensive deliberations and feedback from key stakeholders from across the country, the executive director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan told the participants. We have incorporated all eight identified interventions as prescribed in the roadmap by the Task Force on Technical and Vocational Education, he further added.

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant thanked the provincial and regional representatives for their valuable input and willingness to work jointly with the federal government for the betterment of country’s youth.

Member Private Sector Development Planning Commission Asim Saeed steered the meeting. The key components of this program include development and standardization of technical and vocational qualifications, international accreditation of Pakistani TVET institutes, extension of NAVTTC’s Job Portal with National Exchange Portal, establishment of smart Tech labs for virtual skill development programs & distant learning programs, establishment of country-of-destination specific facilitation centers, establishment of labs/workshops in Madrassah(s), Skill development training of  youth in High-end technologies, training to youth belonging to less developed areas of the country especially Balochistan, GB, AJK, and newly added districts of KP (ex-FATA), Southern Punjab and rural Sindh, Apprenticeship training of youth in industry under Apprenticeship Act 2018, Establishment of National Skills Accreditation Council at Islamabad, establishment of incubation centers to promote self employment and entrepreneurship in skilled youth.