National Skill Strategy devised by NAVTTC

Engineering Post Report

National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has since devised a National Skill Strategy (NSS), which emphasizes on creating a demand- driven training system responsive to the requirements of the job market.

According to the NAVTTC sources, the priority areas for skill development are well aligned with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and indigenous clusters such as agricultural, industrial and mining as well as exportability of the skilled workforce.

The National Skills Strategy as such has proposed a paradigm shift from the time bound curricula-based education to competency-based training and from supply driven training to demand driven skills.

NSS is well aligned with the Prime Minister’s strategy “Skills for All”. Its main objectives are:

Relevant skills for industrial and economic development

Improvement of access, equity and employability, and

Assurance of quality through an integrated approach.

NAVTTC is an apex body at the national level under the umbrella of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training with the vision to regulate, facilitate and provide policy direction in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Since its inception, NAVTTC has given a high priority to un-addressed and challenges   being faced by TVET sector which are included under the core activities/programmes of professional training for human resource development (HRD) assigned to NAVTTC.

Socio-economic progress of the youth through skill development and infrastructure up-gradation in HRD is also included in globally agreed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . TVET imparts academic as well as technical hands-on knowledge and skills to youth thus preparing them for decent employment as well as self-employment in the shortest possible time. Accordingly, this is the quickest and most effective method for the youth empowerment and channelizing their energies for thesocio0economic development of the country.

The CPEC projects and other global emerging advancements are bringing technological innovations to Pakistan   which quite obviously require greater preparedness of the youth in high-end and high-tech technologies. Realizing the emerging needs, NAVTTC has also conducted a detailed market gap analysis both for identifying the demand for such high-end trades and the available institutional capacity for conducting training courses in these trades.