Role of tech skills highlighted
Staff Reporter KARACHI: Experts and leaders from the corporate sector underlined the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and urged for permanent and meaningful linkages of public and private sector for the production of a skilled workforce in line with the market needs.
This was a clear message coming from the national conference entitled "Sustainability Exchange Conference".
The conference was organized by the Engro Foundation with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy,and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The DeutscheGesellschaft für I n t e r n a t i o n a l e Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this programme in closecollaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
The main objective of the conference was to promotea profound dialogue between public and private representatives on the TVET reform, with the objective to improve livelihoods through relevant skills training, job creation and sustainable investment.
M r . L a r s h - G u n a r Wigermark, the Ambassador of European Union, Mr. Marcel de Vink, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Cyrill Nunn, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mr. Leif Holger Larsen, the Ambassador of Norway were the guests of honour on the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Aliuddin Ansari - CEO and President, Engro Corporation- said, "Engro believes that as a leading corporate entity we have the responsibility to bring to light key issues that impact our economy and the community as a whole.
The Sustainability Exchange 2014 is an attempt to highlight the issue of skills development and technical training of our youth that is currently estimated to be 42 million. By 2050, this youth population is set to increase to 350 million. Therefore, it is imperative that as business leaders we take the ownership to devise the right strategies and invest in deploying inclusive businesses that can provide socio-economic opportunities to this large chunk of our population"', he said. The conference further highlighted the role of the corporate sector in employing policies that can effectively help Pakistan reap benefits of the youth dividend specifically with regards to the ongoing TVET reform.