Future belongs to skilled workforce: Cheema

Provincial level youth skill competition

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on Monday organized a provincial level Youth Skill Competition at National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) to raise awareness regarding the significance of skilled learning and vocational training. The event was attended by hundreds of students, industrialists, employers, and heads of different institutes of the region.
While addressing the ceremony, the Executive Director NAVTTC Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said in future skilled workforce would earn more than doctors and engineers, and no one would remain unemployed. If we turn our biggest asset into a skilled workforce then Arab countries and Middle East would envy us. The Executive director encouraged trainees and said that upon completion of their six months training, they would be in a better position to secure jobs. Furthermore, we would train around one hundred thousand trainees from next year in the most demand driven trades. We are witnessing very positive response of the skills competitions throughout the country and it has attracted more youth towards this sector, he said. We are receiving demands from abroad on daily basis and NAVTTC’s trainees are getting job easily, he added.
President of Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce, Muhammad Raja Aamir, praised the initiative of NAVTTC for holding skills competition across the country. He said that they will offer job to the trainees upon completion of their courses.
Director General APP, Masood Malik, said it was only through providing employment to the youth that we would be able to reduce poverty, lawlessness and terrorism from the country.
Renowned industrialist Akram Fareed said, “Development of our country largely depends on technical and vocational training” and offered full support to provide jobs to the trained youth. Head of the Women Chambers, Ms. Shamim Aftab, said that NAVTTC’s training has enabled the young ladies to start their own businesses at home and they are in a better position to earn their livelihood.
Hundreds of students of the training institutes of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan took part in the provincial skill competition and exhibited their skills in six different trades including auto cad, plumbing, beautician, dress making & fashion designing, general electrician and DIT. First position holder of each trade won Rs. 75,000; Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 30,000 were awarded to second and third position holder respectively. Heads of the best institutes of the region were also given certificates.

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