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Training managers empowered with modern skills development techniques

Lahore: Pakistan’s domestic industry is no longer sheltered from international competition. While globalization has thrown up many challenges, it also presents increased opportunities. To increase our share in world exports, of both traditional and non-traditional goods and services, and to compete with imported goods domestically, Pakistan has to focus on improving its competitiveness. Upgrading skills to enhance the productivity of our labour force would contribute greatly towards increasing our competitiveness.

The need to reform the skills development system therefore, comes from a number of directions: the need to be competitive globally, to increase the efficiency of the domestic industry, to support enhancement of foreign remittances, to provide employable skills to people in the context of a growing population and to ensure access to new career opportunities.

To meeting this daunting challenge, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has initiated a process of capacity development for managers in provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities in Sindh and Punjab Provinces, to improve the management and governance of training institutes across the country.

In this context, an eight-day training course for selected Principals and Vice-Principals of technical education and vocational training institutes (TEVT) on “Management of Training Institutes” is being organized in Lahore from 12-20 December 2011.

The training aims to empower the managers of TEVT Institutes with modern management and training techniques which will assist them to align their training programs with labour-market trends and the skills needs of people in Pakistan. This activity is part of the ILO’s One-UN Project for Empowering Vulnerable Groups thru Education, Employment and Training (EET).

The workshop is being conducted by an international expert, Mr Trevor Riordan, ILO’s Senior Training Policy Specialist. “The management of skills is almost as important as the skills themselves. It is critical for training institutions to respond to the needs of both industry and learners. Skills are crucial for industry to improve productivity and economic development.

Skills are also important for all people from different socio-economic, to develop their employability and improve their access to employment and sustainable livelihoods. This is only possible when the training provided is relevant, equitable, efficient, and of high quality”, Mr Riordan said in the inaugural session of the workshop.

Mr Abdul Wahid Uqaily, Managing Director Sindh TEVTA appreciated ILO’s support to TEVT Sector in Pakistan and especially Sindh TEVTA. He also expressed his commitment for a positive reform in the system to make TEVT system more vibrant and aligned with market demands.

ILO Senior Programme Officer and co-facilitator, Mr Manzoor Khaliq said the training course will not only help Principles in improving efficiency of their institutes but would also provide them with a guideline to expand their outreach to the most-needy and vulnerable communities who are actually in greater need of livelihoods assistance.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Ishrat Rizvi
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 835 5720
Cell: +92300 855 3790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org

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