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TEVTA-P HAS TAKEN LEAD IN PUBLIC SECTOR PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

Byline: KANWAL SALEEM

TEVTA Punjab (TEVTA-P) is a premier body in the public sector for imparting technical and vocational skills for employability. It focuses on academia business world linkage, and entrepreneurship. Modern curriculum, compliant lab structure and capable faculty development are major concerns for the organization.

TEVTA prepares trainees for jobs that are based on practical skills, traditionally non-academic, and totally related to a specific trade, occupation, or vocation. It is some Calibri also referred to as technical education as the trainee directly develops expertise in a particular group of techniques or technology. The two terms are some Calibri differentiated on the basis of duration of course and composition of theory practical in the curriculum. The vocational courses are of shorter duration (usually 2-years or less) and are more practical oriented compared to technical education where course duration is longer (usually 3-years) and theory component is more as compared to vocational stream. Vocational education can be at the secondary or post-secondary level.

TEVTA is constituted to supervise/coordinate smooth functioning of institutions, approve development projects, procure and install equipment for institutions, update/revise curricula and arrange on-the-job training of the trainees in the institutes.

TEVTA Secretariat is set up at Lahore. The whole province has been divided into three zones (North, Central and South) covering 377 technical and vocational institutions in all the 36 districts. The three zones are headed by their respective zonal managers. The 36 districts have been merged into 20 districts for administrative purposes where each district is headed by the district managers who manage the institutions in their respective districts through the principals.

The Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (P-TEVTA) under its visionary Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has taken lead in transforming the Authority into a vibrant body by involving industry in planning and decision making process.

The basic objective of following concept of public private partnership is to leverage the tremendous potential of TVET policies and practices to better link the skills acquired by learners with those needed in the labor markets.

By adopting Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode for running the TEVTA, Chairperson has taken right and timely decision of starting three and six month duration short curses to train skilled manpower as required by the market.

Introduction of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Program is another step in the right direction which is meant to certify the skills of those who are already working in the skill market but without any certification. It has brought a large number of non-recognized workforces into the fold of certified skilled workforce ready to explore employment opportunities in the local job market as well as abroad. Now TEVTA is working on both ends of the industry by tapping market for skills training and market for skilled labor.

According to Mr Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, we have not restricted ourselves to increasing the supply of skilled labor alone; but also exposed to the challenge of improving the economic and non-economic returns to skills training. A special cell has been established here at TEVTA secretariat to manage the export of trained youth to Middle East labor markets.

According to fair estimates, 1.4 million skilled workforces has been demanded for FIFA World Cup 2023 in Qatar and construction of infrastructure, stadiums, city rail, hotels and other construction projects. To make it a serious point TEVTA has embarked on an aggressive plan for the provision of required skilled workforce.

Keeping in view the said landscape in the local and Gulf labor market, the Punjab government has very intelligently planned to grasp this grand opportunity and make it a point for the socio-economic betterment of the Pakistani youth.

Punjab Skill Development Strategy 2015-18 is the outcome of the said thinking. It has set the target of training two million youth by 2018.Tevta has started pursuing to complete its task of training 541,128 by 2018 as fixed in Punjab Skill Development Strategy 2015-18.

Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has assured Chief Minister Punjab of completing the task of training 541,128 youth within the time frame prescribed by his Government.

Chief Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif has commended the efforts made by Mr Sheikh to pursue the targets given by him and turn TEVTA-P into a potent and vibrant body providing demand driven skills to the youth of the Punjab and making all-out efforts for the placement of its pass outs. P-TEVTA has prioritized TVET and placed it among the mainstream education to ensure youths are equipped with skills which will make them more employable for current and future job markets.

TEVTA under his leadership is also striving for collaboration with major world alliances like GIZ. City and Guild, UNIDO etc.

PROJECT OF EUROPEAN UNION IMPLEMENTED BY GIZ

EU Support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector. The component wise updated brief on program (projects) of European Union for TVET sector through GIZ, Islamabad is as under:-

COMPONENT 1 GOVERNANCE

- Support in developing National Skills Strategy (NSS) for TVET in Pakistan.

- Support in developing Accreditation and Certification system by National Vocational Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Islamabad.

- Skills Development Plans (SDP) implemented and aligned with the Annual plan of Punjab TEVTA in the format of SDP Matrix.

- Planning process for 2014-16 supported, based on lessons learned from previous planning sessions.

- Need Assessment completed at Punjab TEVTA.

- Concept paper for TVET policy is agreed by Punjab TEVTA.

- TVET Sensitization and awareness sessions organized in 12 TVET institutes in Punjab covering approximately 3500 target students from schools.

- Radio programs, public messages; stories/articles/features; videos on TVET training offers and for image-building broadcast.

- Facilitation and guidance for ownership, alignment regarding Skills Development Plans (SDP) with Annual Work Plans (AWP) and Annual Development Plans (ADP) of Punjab TEVTA has commenced.

COMPONENT 2 NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK (NVQF) AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (HRD)

- Supporting NAVTTC to develop and implement National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF).

- Communication training for 145 staff from TEVTA Punjab.

- Study tour on NVQF and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment practices in industries' to Sri Lanka carried out with 4 participants from Punjab including 2 employees of Punjab TEVTA.

- 6 E-learning Centres out of 18 established in Punjab.

- 100 Lead Trainer/ E-tutors trained in 4 batches (incl. 26 women).

- Training has commenced with Punjab TEVTA and PVTC. 700 TVET teachers completed training (pilot phase: 600, main phase: 100; incl. 29% women).

- Three development partners have agreed to develop the training concept for a 'new TVET teacher generation' at academic level (B. Ed./Technology): University of Punjab (Pakistan), Virtual University (Pakistan), Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). Degree will be added to the courses offered at the University of Punjab.

- 1 Competency Based Training (CBT) course for housemaids has been implemented in rural Punjab; 96 out of 100 students have completed the course successfully (all women).

- 2 Competency Based Training (CBT) courses (farm manager, livestock manager) have been implemented in 6 institutes.

- Study tours on "Innovative TVET practices in the region" and "NVQF and RPL assessment practices in industries" carried out jointly with component 1 and 2. 2 officials from PTEVTA were nominated for the activity.

- Negotiation underway for implementation of a further 60 CBT programs.

- Review and updating of 50 jobs descriptions and departmental scope of work to adjust to NVQF requirements underway.

COMPONENT 3 INNOVATIVE TRAINING DELIVERY AND LABOR MARKET INFORMATION (LMI)

- 1 Skills mela held in Lahore.

- 2 Funds for Innovative Training (FIT) projects completed by PTEVTA.

- 2 FIT projects ongoing at PTEVTA.

- National Skills Information System (NSIS) cell functional with four officers.

- Capacity-building program for the NSIS staff has been completed.

- Technical Working Group (TWG) established as national platform.

- Proposal to establish interactive web-based National Skills Information System (NSIS) Network approved by Technical Working Group (TWG).

- Data requirements on skills demand and supply for NSIS Network have been clarified; integration of data in embedded into NSIS web portal.

- Field work and data entry of first labor market intelligence survey in textile sector completed; data processing in progress.

- NSIS shared with 20 Punjab TEVTA officials through video conferencing.

COMPONENT 4 CAPACITY BUILDING FOR TEVTAS

- Identification and supply of equipment to 30 Vocational Counselling (VC) /Job Placement (JP) Centres completed in Punjab

- Basic training course in VC/JP completed with 31 participants.

- Training of Teachers (ToT) with 9 participants completed.

- ISO 9001:2008 is completed. (TEVTA Secretariat only)

- Current organizational status/ departmental gap analysis determined.

- Organogram of Punjab TEVTA against NVQF requirements currently under review.

- Capacity assessment carried out jointly with other TEVTAs / with representatives of Punjab TEVTA.

- Final capacity assessment report presented to TEVTA management and Board of TEVTAs to discuss priority areas.

- Action has been developed against the priority areas. Gap Analysis research is in process for curriculum development.

- Human Resource Development (HRD) Training plan for 2014 developed (TVET/CBT-related areas, administration/management, leadership, project management).

- One-year training in leadership excellence in TVET sector designed. 9 officials of high management have been selected for the training program.

- 30 officials from Punjab TEVTA nominated for Jakarta conference through video streaming and for sharing their views with other regions through video conferencing.

- A visit was organized in 3rd week of March for around 70 officials of GB TEVTA, Balochistan TEVTA, AJK TEVTA and KPK TEVTA to Punjab TEVTA to know the organizational structure of PTEVTA.

- ISO Management Program of each department has been aligned with the Skill Development Plan (SDP) activities.

- Process to foster corporate culture and identity for Punjab TEVTA has been initiated.

- Identification and validation of existing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Models on policy, government administrative and implementation level completed.

- Development of joint PPP National Policy for TVET started.

- Process for MoU between TEVTA (Sindh and Punjab) and Private Sector (FPCCI, EFP and WEBCOP) is being facilitated.

- Punjab TEVTA for 'inventory' of existing PPPs in Punjab supported.

- In-House session on Implementing PPPs in Punjab carried out more than 50 officials from PTEVTA participated the event. Proposed PPP Models for Piloting were discussed with PTEVTA

COMPONENT 5 COOPERATIVE TRAINING AND GREEN SKILLS

- Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI)

The Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi, is a new approach towards creating a demand-driven, skilled workforce. This scheme is based on the German Dual Training System, and has been modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training in Pakistan. It is market-oriented and focuses.

CITY and GUILDS UK

TEVTA is also collaborating with the City and Guilds International, UK that will help in providing City and Guilds qualifications through TEVTA's network of training institution in Punjab.

The City and Guilds program has been implemented in 25 institutes across Punjab including 12 GCTs. The total number of students appeared in the certification exams was than 750 during the year 2013-14. For the forthcoming session (2014-15) Advanced Diploma level 6 and 7 will be offered to accommodate the pass out of Diploma level students for their vertical mobility.
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