ILO supporting TEVT System to align with Labour Market Demand

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Lahore, 24 December 2012: “TEVT system in Pakistan is being aligned with the demands of Labour Market as well as that of the Employers expectations. ILO is supporting relevant authorities in this regard. Among a range of activities, one most important is the training of TEVT Principles & Managers on ‘Management of Training Institutions (MoTI)’ – which is a 6-day course specially designed to enable TEVT Institutes to upgrade its training quality and ensure its relevance with labour market demand. Selected training institutes of Punjab TEVTA and PVTC have developed concrete Action Plans to improve their training programmes on these lines”. This was stated at the concluding session of 6-day training course organized by ILO here. The Training is imparted by ILO’s Senior Skills Specialist, Mr Paul Comyn, who arrived from New Delhi for this course.

During his address to the participants, Mr. Syed Hasnat Javed, Director Labor Department Punjab, appreciated this remarkable initiative by ILO. He added that development of vocational institutes has been given priority in Government development initiatives across Pakistan. He also said that such initiatives will equip participating vocational institutions with a skill-set that will help them produce a skilled workforce that ably meets the ever-escalating and complex demands of the local labor market.

Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Chief Operating Officer, Punjab TEVTA highlighted the importance of such training and emphasized on establishing closer linkages between TEVT Institutes and industries where these people are going to get jobs.

Mr. Sajid Naseer, Managing Director PVTC, ensured management support to the participating principals in the implementation of the knowledge acquired during the training. He also encouraged participants to go beyond the standard procedures in establishing linkages with local community and employers in the jurisdiction of TEVT Institute and explore ideas to make TEVT more relevant for them.

Mr. Paul Comyn, Senior Skills Specialist, ILO office in Delhi, gave an overview of ILO initiatives across the globe and particularly in the Asian region. He mentioned that the training mainly focuses on innovative methods to reach out to the relevant stakeholders including community and employers for a fruitful outcome of the TEVT programme.

Mr. Saad Gilani Senior Programme Officer ILO, in his address gave a background of this initiative and highlighted the efforts of ILO in promoting TEVT Sector in Pakistan. He enumerated a number of activities being implemented with TEVT Authorities in Sindh and Punjab which includes establishment of Labour Market Information System, support in developing Provincial Skills Strategies, promotion of competency-based training, support in mainstreaming Entrepreneurship education in TEVT Sector, promotion of Apprenticeship training and strengthening linkages with Industries through Industry-Institute Management Committees.

Vocational training institutions' responsiveness to market demand and their ability to operate flexibly and cost-efficiently are strongly determined by the degree of their management, financial and academic autonomy, as well as by the competence of their managerial, teaching and non-teaching staff, to utilize this autonomy for the benefit of their stakeholders.

Although TEVT systems and institutions vary from place to place, and their management practices reflect the conditions in which they operate. However, all governments wish their TEVT institutions to operate flexibly and cost-efficiently and to respond quickly to changes in the labour markets.

The training is part of ILO’s initiative on Capacity Development of Punjab Vocational Training Council & Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority, under the project, ‘Empowering Vulnerable groups through Education, Employment and Training (EET)’.