Competency Based Training Programme launched
LAHORE—Minister Labour & Chairman Skill Development Committee Raja Ashfaq Sarwar on Thursday formally launched the initiation of Competency Based Training (CBT), a new approach to produce skilled workforce, from 60 vocational training institutes of the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC).
Speaking on the occasion, the Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that the incumbent government considers technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as a political priority and that is why a lot of emphasis is being given to this sector.
He said Pakistan is blessed with a huge population of young people, which can be exploited for the economic growth of the country. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar re- solved that the government will leave no stone unturned to reform the TVET sector because future of the coming generations relies on it.
He lauded the efforts of the PVTC in providing employable skills to the youth of Punjab and hoped it will continue with the same zeal and enthusiasm. He congratulated the pass outs of various training programmes and urged them to adopt TVET as a career path because it will lead them and the country towards economic prosperity.
Chairman PVTC Faisal Ejaz Khan said that the introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.
Keeping in view the latest trends based on market demands through Training Need Assessment (TNA) after conducting Demographics Survey at Tehsil level, PVTC has developed curricula for 92 various trades to cater for the growing demands of Industrial, agriculture, health and service sectors.
The training of these trades is being imparted through its 241 Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) throughout Punjab. So far over 450,000 trainees have successfully graduated from PVTC, out of which about 73% have been gainfully employed or are working as entrepreneurs.
The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level.
Ali Haider Gilani son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani talking to media persons outside his residence. Ali Haider Gilani who recovered in a joint operation by Afghan and US forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan.—APP A large number of people attending funeral in absentia of Motiur Rahman Maulana Nizami of Bangladesh led by Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq in the Provincial Capital.—NNI Minister for Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar awarding degrees on completion of training at Punjab Vocational Training Council.