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Technical and Vocational training crucial to boost economic growth- Yassar Sakhi Butt September 05, 2012
Meeting at ICCI
 
Technical education is very important and good results could be achieved by imparting technical education to those youth who couldn’t get formal education in schools or colleges.
 
These remarks were made by Mr.Muhammad Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon, Chairman, National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) during a meeting with Mr.Yassar Sakhi Butt, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). 
 
Chairman NAVTTC said that NAVTTC is working on national policies, strategies and regulations, National Qualification Framework (NQF), accreditation, certification, skill standards & curricula, Performance Evaluation System, TVET Development through Public-Private Partnership and Labour Market Information System. He said that Government has approved the budget of Rs.350 million for new projects of skill development.
 
He said that currently we are focusing on Balochistan and have given them 32 per cent quota because this is the most neglected area and there is need to educate their youth. Chairman NAVTTC said that Netherlands, Republic of Germany and European Union have also agreed to extend a grant of 63 Million Euros for imparting technical and vocational training to jobless youth of Pakistan.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Yassar Sakhi Butt appreciated the efforts of NAVTTC for regulating, facilitating and providing policy direction in Vocational and Technical Training.
 
He said that labor force is the country’s most important asset as Pakistan is a labor abundant country, therefore structures and strategies are needed to be developed for providing them skill development opportunities as par with international standards. 
 
ICCI President was of the view that the supply of perfectly skilled labor to industries could trigger the industrial growth rate without doing heavy capital investment.
 
He said that Pakistan’s vocational training institutes should address skill development needs of workers and develop programs for their skill enhancement in line with international standards because types of skills demanded in the international job market are also changing rapidly.