Stakeholders discuss study reflecting Technical Education and Vocational Training status in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Lahore, June 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) has organized ‘Programme Stakeholders Group Meeting’ to discuss and nail down the results and findings of a baseline study reflecting the rundown of technical and vocational education in various districts of KP and FATA.

According to the company’s spokesperson, the baseline study was conducted to effectuate the four years programme, sponsored by European Union, to uplift the socioeconomic status of rural/marginalized communities through improving the quality and access of technical and vocational education for them.

An exhaustive market research has been performed to trace the labor market trends while attributing the prevalent standards and provisions of TVET (Technical Education and Vocational Training) sector in the upland provincial territories.

The spokesperson further shared that the study has uncovered the very blue-chip which will further steer the successful implementation of a market demand-driven training mechanism and the capacity building of TVET institutes as the adjacent phases of the program. To vouch the comprehension and sustainability of the program, TUSDEC has aligned all the competent authorities, relevant to the project scope, thus formulating a full-scale stakeholders group.

Addressing the same lieu, a round table of project’s stakeholders has been organized at Peshawar to share the research findings and finalize them with the feedback from concern parties.

While sharing few of the key findings of the research, the company spokesperson said that trades related to construction and gemology have found to be in greater demand by the local industry at KP and FATA while 31 TVET institutes have been identified for their capacity building to host the trainings in the 15 trades asserted through the baseline study. However, the study has reflected the higher inadequacy of state owned TVET institutes in comparison to the private training centers in administering market relevant vocational trainings.

The study has also disclosed that only 8 percent of the total target population receives formal technical or vocational training while the rest is coached under formulaic Ustaad-Shagird system. The meager linkages with the industry directs the supply-driven approach of TVET sector in KP and FATA due to which the trained manpower is not graciously absorbed by the labor market.

The study has also brought forward various trades that can be fostered for the vocational trainings of culturally-restricted women of the areas. Senior officials from FATA Development Authority, Small Industries Development Board NWFP, Gems and Geological Institute of Pakistan, Skill Development Council Peshawar, Trade Testing Board, GIZ Pakistan, SMEDA and KPCCI participated in the meeting.

All the members of the programme stakeholders group appraised the findings of the study and put across their feedback to conclude it. A comprehensive report comprising of the assessment results and their intricate inferences is in line to be published. The report will serve as an edifying scripture revealing the ambit of TVET sector in Khyberpakhtunkhwa and FATA with its substantiative socioeconomic impacts on the community.

For more information, contact:
Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC)
State Cement Corporation Building
Kot Lakhpat Lahore 54770, Pakistan
Tel: (+92)-42-111-000-143, 35145793
Fax: (+92)-42-35121658, 35145792