ISLAMABAD: Strengthening of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is crucial for Pakistan’s socio-economic development and Australia will fully support the country in its endeavors to boost the TVET sector, remarked Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw.
He stated this during a meeting with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Chairman Syed Javed Hassan on Thursday.
The aim of the meeting was to highlight growing dynamics of technological innovations and e-learning in the TVET sector and enhance collaboration with vocational training institutes of Australia for maximum international recognition of Pakistan’s TVET graduates.
Shaw appreciated the initiatives taken by the Pakistan government including the “Skills for All” strategy and expressed interest in exploring various areas of collaboration in the TVET sector between Pakistan and Australia.
Speaking on the occasion, Hassan pointed out that extensive development of technologies and e-learning had considerably transformed vocational and professional education in the current economic climate and global marketplace. “To keep pace with the evolving TVET system, we are focusing on a reform process that reaches beyond conventional learning techniques,” he added.
NAVTTC Executive Director Dr Nasir Khan said recognising the importance of competence-based models, reducing barriers between vocational and academic education and greater employer engagement were critical factors for meeting the needs of a diversified TVET system. “With the development of knowledge economy, innovation is needed to reshape the TVET landscape and to respond to the challenges of global competition,” he said. “We are also designing new programmes and courses to increase access to and relevance of the TVET sector in Pakistan.”
Another focus was on teaching good work ethics and appropriate social behaviour to prepare the workforce for employment across the globe, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2019.