Shafqat Mahmood, the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, opened the Center of Excellence in Modern Technologies at the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in Islamabad on Friday.
The center will train Chief Master Trainers and Master Trainers, who would subsequently teach adolescents how to use current technologies. This would pave the path for the Pakistani technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector to improve training and assessment, career counseling, and job placement on a long-term basis.
The Minister, speaking at the opening ceremony, underlined the importance of establishing more centers of excellence to deliver state-of-the-art cutting-edge technical training to the youth. He emphasized that there is a significant demand for this product both internationally and in the industry.
According to the Minister, the government has given the TVET sector great importance and has allocated Rs. 10 billion under the Kamyab Jawan Program. He stated that the government continues to place a high value on skills training, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence, robots, and cyber security.
He told the audience that the government had set a goal for NAVTTC to develop one million skilled youth workers and that having such a large pool of qualified labour would significantly help the employment market and industry.
“The government is focused on TVET reforms to bring technical and vocational training in line with market requirements in order to equip the workforce with accreditation from international bodies,” he said.
Syed Javed Hasan, Chairman of NAVTTC, stated that NAVTTC was collaborating with its training partners to improve the quality of the TVET industry. According to him, NAVTTC has trained 74,736 adolescents in 150 high-tech and 100 traditional technologies, with 71 percent of them finding work. Another 63,000 young people are receiving skills training from 989 Training partners and reputable colleges.
The quality of NAVTTC’s instruction has been rated as excellent by 95% of the youth. He stated that the government’s Skills for All Strategy is acting as a catalyst for youth to receive quality training.
Sajid Baloch, Executive Director of NAVTTC, informed the donors that NAVTTC was totally committed to providing quality training.