Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds an interactive session on National Qualification Framework

Islamabad, June 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): An interactive session was conducted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry(ICCI) at Chamber House.

Working Groups formed during the session learnt about Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) reform. The groups also discussed some proposals appropriate for National Qualification Framework in Pakistan. Members of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry were also present on the occasion.

Mr. Jermy Curtis, Expert-NQF, GIZ, TVET Reform Support Program, gave a detailed presentation on the NQF Program for Pakistan its objectives, role and the benefits for employees, employers and Pakistan as a nation.

He also briefed the participants on NQF development, curriculum development, and competency standard development. He also told that through NQF development Pakistan’s economic growth will be enhanced.

Mr.Jermy said that National Skills Strategy (NSS) 2009-2013 aims at providing relevant skills for industrial and economic development, assuring quality of training and improving access, equity and employment of young people.

Speaking on the occasion, Asad Farid, Acting President ICCI appreciated the efforts of GIZ for developing a National Qualification Framework for technical vocational education training in Pakistan.

He said that labor force is the country’s most important asset as Pakistan is a labor abundant country, therefore structures and strategies are needed to be developed for providing them skill development opportunities as par with international standards.

ICCI Acting President was of the view that the supply of perfectly skilled labor to industries could trigger the industrial growth rate without doing heavy capital investment. He said that Pakistan’s vocational training institutes should address skill development needs of workers and develop programs for their skill enhancement in line with international standards because types of skills demanded in the international job market are also changing rapidly.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950

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