Punjab replaces Apprenticeship Ordinance1962 after 60 years

Staff Reporter

Punjab became the first province to pass the Apprenticeship Act 2021 while replacing the Apprenticeship Ordinance1962 after 60 years, to provide skilled youth with better economic opportunities and the industry with skilled labour according to their specifications.

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairperson Ali Salman Siddique said this while addressing a meeting here at TEVTA Secretariat, on Friday.

He appreciated the role of the Apprenticeship Section for achieving a milestone for TEVTA Punjab.

The new act has made fundamental changes to the previous law from being applicable only to the manufacturing sector to now covering all sectors of the economy.

Ali Salman Siddique said the Apprenticeship Act was a critical step towards realisation of TEVTA Vision 2023, which focused on quality demand-driven skills with economic opportunities for the trainees, where they would not only be given technical and vocational education in institutes but also on-the-job training in industry. This is in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of providing 10 million jobs.

He said that unlike in the past when the apprenticeship law was used as a tool against the industry, TEVTA, through its new skill ecosystem.

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