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NAVTEC to consult all stakeholders

PESHAWAR, Aug 10 : The National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC), a national apex body for technical and vocational education and training has started wide-ranging consultations with its stakeholders around the country on Skilling Pakistan, a vision for the National Skills Strategy 2008-2012. Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Muhammad Ather Tahir, Executive Director, NAVTEC said the consultative process would involve presenting the vision to its stakeholders, employers, trainees, training providers and the government, around which discussion would be generated and consensus built.

Based on inputs received during this phase of consultation and Strategy development, he said detailed implementation plans would be developed. Muhammad Saleem Ahmad, director coordination and deputy directors Dr Thabassum and Dr Tariq Awan were also present on the occasion. He further said the vision was based on an initial review of the existing system of skills development in Pakistan, a study of several international systems, and consultation with stakeholders. "It represents the first phase of the formulation of the National Skills Strategy, 2008-2012. It proposes various features of reform which would lead to a quality skills development system," he informed. He went on to add that skills development was strongly associated with economic growth and importantly social development. Education and training empower individuals by enabling them to access employment, incomes, and therefore, to escape poverty and marginalization.

He said developing the skills of Pakistan's workforce was becoming increasingly important. Changes in technology, the emergence of global markets for products and services, international competition, the emphasis on attracting foreign direct investment and new forms of business organization and production, have created a demand for new, diversified, industry relevant skills and knowledge. To meet these challenges, he said Pakistan government had made skills development a political priority. "Skilling Pakistan, A vision for the National Skills Strategy 2008-2012 describes how this priority can be realized to ensure a system that provides relevant skills for industrial and economic development, improves access, equity and employability and assuring quality." PPI
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