The TVET Sector Support Programme in collaboration with the Balochistan Women Business Association (BWBA) in Quetta has been empowering women entrepreneurs in setting up their businesses and starting work in the formal sector in recent times. During a recent media visit arranged by the TVET Sector Support Programme, Sana Durrani, the Chairperson of the BWBA briefed the attending journalist community at the facility on the fact that approximately 5,000 skilled women are registered in the BWBA and working in three major sectors of Livestock, Agriculture and Handicrafts comprising of Local Embroideries. She praised the partnership of the TVET Sector Support Programme for providing Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings and helping the BWBA to train 500 skilled women in numerous trades to establish finishing units or to start a small business for them.
During the facility tour, the journalist delegates were briefed about the institutions’ capacity in providing training facilities to trainees. They also interacted with the enrolled trainees to share their personal experiences.
Faisal Ehsan, Regional Coordinator TVET Sector Support Programme, Said, ”Through the training fund initiative of TVET Sector Support Programme, which is working with NAVTTC, provincial TEVTAs and PVTC since 2011 for bringing reforms in TVET Sector, as many as 1,784 men and women have been trained in pertinent skills in Balochistan in last 4-years. TVET training courses play an important role in the economic prosperity of Balochistan’s women. It is thus tantamount to the backbone of the economic development of this region, but there is more to be done in TVET and Private Sectors’ Engagement to achieve desirable results”.
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The second phase of programme has funding of 62.5 mn euro for implementation of reforms in the TVET sector of Pakistan on national, provincial and regional level. The Programme is funded by the European Union, Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. In second phase of its implementation, programme is supporting competency-based-training of 36,800 men and women on the indigenous and industry-demand-driven trades. The Programme has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, funded by the European Union, Norwegian and German Governments.
The TVET Sector Support Programme has been involved in promoting multiple private partnerships. They have facilitated Institute Partner Organization (IDO) in signing 8 MoUs with different enterprises. Partnering institutes of TVET Sector Support Programme regularly coordinate with private sector for training methodology improvement and learner job placement.
The practical orientation of the media delegation was evident when the visited a private partnered organization of IDO, Balochistan Marble Pvt Limited from where a good feedback is received. While speaking to the on-job trainees, a batch of 20 young boys shared with media representatives that their on-job experience has been excellent at the workplace-based learning site and that most of them already had the job offers. Similarly, job placements (04 each) in Ziarat Marble, Gul Marble, and Khan Marble show the success of the ongoing TVET Sector Support Programme.
To promote the private sector engagement in TVET sector, TVET Sector Support Programme engages implementing partners to draw agreement with enterprises for labour demand, input in curriculum, governance and participation in institute management, provide on-the-job training placements and also assess trainees as per NVQF standards. So far, programme has supported in more than 1,300 such agreement across Pakistan.