Australian envoy pledges support for skill development in Pakistan 

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National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Chairman Syed Javed Hassan on Friday met Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw to identify the growing dynamics of technological innovations and e-learning in the TVET sector and to increase collaboration and accreditation with vocational training institutes of Australia for maximum international recognition of Pakistani TVET graduates.

Speaking on the occasion, Javed Hassan said, “Extensive development of technologies and e-learning has considerably changed the dynamics of vocational and professional education in the current economic climate and global workplace.

“To adapt at the pace of evolving TVET system, we are focusing on formulating a comprehensive reform process to implement practical paradigms that reach beyond conventional learning techniques and resonate with the government’s ‘Skills for All’ strategy.”

NAVTTC Executive Director Dr Nasir Khan commented, “Recognizing the importance of competence-based models of learning, reducing barriers between vocational and academic education, greater employer engagement, implementing new apprenticeship model and including distance learning are paramount factors to tailor the needs of a diversified TVET system of the country.”

He said with the development of the knowledge economy, innovation is needed to reshape the TVET landscape and to respond to the challenges of global competition.

“We are also designing new programmes and courses to increase access and relevance of TVET sector in Pakistan. Another focus is on teaching good work ethic and appropriate social behaviour to prepare our workforce for international employment,” he added.

Dr Shaw appreciated the initiatives of the government through the ‘Skills for All’ strategy and expressed interest to explore various areas of collaboration in the TVET sector between Pakistan and Australia.

“Strengthening the TVET sector of Pakistan is crucial to its social and economic development and Australia will fully support it in its journey to boost the TVET sector,” he remarked.

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