German Dual Training: New approach to training for Pakistani youth

Islamabad, February 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): The German “Dual Training” system is an internationally recognized concept for vocational training and the basis of German skills development. Under the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), initiated by the German Consulate in Karachi, this scheme will now be modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training in Pakistan.

It is demand-driven and focuses on the development of an employable, highly skilled workforce. In collaboration with employers, such as BASF, Dewan Motors/BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, Schenker, Shanawaz/Daimler and SIEMENS and Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) such as AMANTECH and iACT, this pilot scheme will now be implemented in Karachi.

The VTIs will develop programs according to the need of the employers and the employers will ensure the provision of technical/practical training under normal work conditions. This will enable real-life learning opportunities for the participants.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a federal enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development around the globe. Along with the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the German Ministry of Economic Development and Technical Cooperation is funding an ambitious TVET Reform Support Programme in Pakistan and has commissioned the GIZ to assist the Government of Pakistan in the implementation thereof. Programme partners are the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), the Technical and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) in provinces and regions, private sector organizations and a large number of other stakeholders.

A key theme of the reform programme is to give employers and industry/training experts of the business economy a central role in all aspects of TVET planning and policy development, quality assurance, monitoring and delivery. This is to ensure increased relevance of training, a labour market orientation and a sustainable TVET system in Pakistan.

GPATI unites the underlying principles of the reform and is therefore highly significant as it can give valuable input into the implementation of the overall TVET sector reform. Once the pilot phase of GPATI – funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation-, has been successful, the objective is to scale up this scheme in 2014 under the TVET Reform Support Programme by including other national and multi-national companies and reaching out into other parts of Pakistan.

The GIZ is commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation as the implementing partner of GPATI. The first project committee meeting of GPATI took place on 26 February 2013 at the Avari Tower Hotel in Karachi. Besides presenting the outline of GPATI activities for 2013, the participating companies, training institutes and GIZ signed a Letter of Intent. The event was chaired by Dr. Tilo Klinner, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Karachi, and Dr. Julie Reviere, GIZ Principal Education Advisor.

For more information, contact:
Ali R. Akhtar
Press and Public Relations Officer
Press and Cultural Section
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
92-A/7, Block 5, Clifton
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel.: (+92-21-) 3587 3782/83 Ext. 223
Fax: (+92-21-) 3587 4009