Europe’s industrial giant plans to start vocational training in Karachi

Published: October 23, 2012
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German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner and representatives of the Aman Foundation’s AmanTech and Habib University Foundation’s Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) at the launch of the training. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AZEEM

German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner and representatives of the Aman Foundation’s AmanTech and Habib University Foundation’s Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) at the launch of the training. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AZEEM

KARACHI: Eight German multinational corporations and the German Consulate in Karachi have joined hands to tackle the need for skilled labour in the country. German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner and representatives of the Aman Foundation’s AmanTech and Habib University Foundation’s Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) launched the “Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative” during a ceremony on Monday.

The German federal ministry of economic cooperation and development is supporting the programme which will be spearheaded by Dr Stefan Oswald.

Dr Klinner said that a country where nearly 63 per cent of the population was under 25 years has a tremendous opportunity to progress. According to the German expert, an increasing number of youngsters were graduating from universities, “but they were mostly equipped with theoretical knowledge”.

German multinational giants such as Siemens, BASF, Linde, Mercedes-Benz, Merck, Lufthansa Cargo, DB Schenker and DHL have decided to act as partners in the programme that aims to generate a regular stream of dedicated workers. Metro, a retail chain in Pakistan, will also be part of the project. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (the German Agency for International Cooperation, or GIZ) will be assisting the German government in the programme. GIZ has had an office in Pakistan since 1990.

The programme will be based on the dual training system, which will combine theoretical lessons at schools with apprenticeships at a company. Theory classes will be taught at iACT’s offices in Saudabad, Malir, and AmanTech’s offices in Korangi Town. Matric graduates will be eligible to apply for an entrance test that is a perquisite for entrance into the programme. The first group of trainees are expected to enroll by April 2013. Vocational training for the commercial sector will span one year, while that for the industrial sector will extend over two years. Officials also hope to extend the programme to other multinational companies later on. The government’s technical education and vocational training authority is also expected to extend it to Pakistani companies.

“The dual training system combines theory and practice via vocational education at schools and apprenticeships at a company for a specific course,” GIZ’s principal education advisor Dr Julie Reviere told The Express Tribune. He added that meeting the need of skilled manpower was a challenge. “Well-trained [workers] who are tailored for particular skills are extremely difficult to recruit. Our multinational partners would love to hire skilled manpower from Pakistan,” she said.

Dr Oswald said that the principle objective of the project was to produce a productive workforce that would be equipped to handle the challenges presented by modern industries. It also aims to contribute to capacity building of vocational training institutes in Pakistan. He added that Germany was spending around €50 million on different programmes in Pakistan.

“We want to focus on the bottom of the pyramid, which is the largest, but poorest socio-economic group that has very little opportunity to move forward,” said Aman Foundation chief executive Ahsan Jamil. “he AmanTech vocational training institute targets male matriculates and equip them with a mix of vocational and soft skills training so that they could meet with the job market requirements.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2012.

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  • Oct 23, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest population, seventh largest diaspora and the ninth largest labor force. With rapidly declining fertility and aging populations in the industrialized world, Pakistan’s growing talent pool is likely to play a much bigger role to satisfy global demand for workers in the 21st century and contribute to the well-being of Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.

    http://www.riazhaq.com/2011/10/pakistans-expected-demographic-dividend.html

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  • usman
    Oct 23, 2012 - 6:18PM

    a great initiative, this would surely lead to a better Technical Resource pool that would spur a greater wave of development in the country

    about time that the corporate sector comes together with academicians for development of curriculum and Join hands for training the needed human resources

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  • Junaid
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Its Good For Pakistani peoples Bcoz In Pakistan There Have Many Multinational Companies And and the Social Workers Have Great Work Experiences But Not Soft Skills Or more And One Reason behind Of Workers That Have Many Experience but The Salary Does Not Belong His Experience Thats Why there Worker Go Away Far other Countries …..!

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  • usman786
    Oct 26, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Vocational trg is far better than doing BA or MA in 3rd div. Atlest you can optt for ME jobs where Indian have hold.
    IK shd ve launched such initiative. He is always late.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 27, 2012 - 7:36AM

    Is Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) sleeping?

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  • Yusuf
    Nov 5, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Thank You Germany. The People of Pakistan appreciate German People in enlightning our youth to equip themselves through technical vocational training.

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  • Asid
    Nov 5, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Web these trainings are going to start??? there is no information regarding these dual training programs on Sindh board of technical and vocational website??

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