Skills for Employability

4-year Skills for Employability project to benefit 250,000 students

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

LOCAL youngsters face massive challenges in getting the right skills to find jobs in an increasingly competitive world. At the same time, there is a growing shortage of skilled and trained people, demanding appropriate measures from the quarters concerned.
The British Council, in partnership with National Vocational and Technical Education Commission of Pakistan (Navtec) initiated a four year programme last year, titled Skills for Employability, aiming to support skills development in Pakistan by strengthening national reforms in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and encouraging close links between education and the industry. This project is focuses on the central and southern Asia region.
Skills for Employability Project Manager Obaid Hussain Khan shared details of the project with Daily Times on Tuesday. He said that during the first phase of this project, six UK and six Pakistani institutes have created a partnership and submitted proposals to identify activities and a timeframe for the program.
He mentioned that NAVTEC is a key partner in skills for employability and supporting newly formed institutional partnerships in helping them to deliver output in line with the national strategy, which NAVTEC is currently developing as part of the national TVET reforms process.
The partnership and links have been made in four priority sectors: construction, light engineering, hospitality and tourism, textile and fashion. The current partnerships formed are between Bradford College and Hazara University for hospitality and tourism, Newcastle College with Government College of Technology for construction, Hastings College of Arts and Technology with GCT Nowshera for light engineering, City College Brighton and Hove and GCT Multan for light engineering, Llandrillo College and Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management Karachi for hospitality and tourism and Bradford College and Government Polytechnic Institute for Women Karachi for textile and fashion.
He said that the partnerships have been established in the key industry sectors between vocational colleges, TVET agencies and employers in the region and UK. Their aim is to develop pilot industry-driven curricula in the identified sectors, building capacity of staff to deliver an industry-focused curriculum, growing work-based learning and assessment techniques, developing transferable employability skills programs and quality improvement strategies in training institutions, supporting professional development of teachers and trainers and providing opportunities for international student exchanges to share good practice in training delivery, institution management and employer engagement.
“Through the partnership of industry, institutes and Navtec, this project will benefit more than 250,000 people including students, industry partners, teachers in the next 4 years,” Obaid vowed.
Shedding light on policy dialogue, he said that a combination of intra- and inter-regional workshops, seminars, conferences and training programmes for policy makers and practitioners to facilitate an exchange of good practice techniques and raise awareness of the role of social partnerships and employers in training design and delivery, occupational standards, competence-based training and assessment methods.
He further mentioned that they have also proposed Central and Southern Asia Enterprise and Technology Awards as one of the activities in phase III, which will be executed from April 2009 to March 2010.
-Published in Daily Times | Sept 24, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on September 25, 2008.

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