Lahore—Provincial Minister for Labour & Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar stressed upon the importance of technical and vocational education and training for permanent and meaningful linkage of public and private sector for the production of a skilled workforce.
He said under the Punjab Skills Development Strategy-2018, Punjab was successfully achieving the annual targets of providing skill training to 550,000 youth of the province.
He said this while chairing a meeting of high level steering committee in Committee Room of Planning & Development Department.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information & Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad, Secretary Industries Nabeel Javed, Project Director Skills Development Programme Ameer Khatak, heads of different technical training institutes and representatives of different provincial departments attended the meeting.
The meeting was told that in the year 2005-16, TEVTA imparted demand driven skill training to more than 173,246 youth, Punjab Vocational Training Council gave skill training to 134,762 whereas Punjab Skill Development Fund imparted skill training to 56,187 persons to meet the target. Punjab Vocational Training Council also imparted skill training to 4121 persons in collaboration with School Education Department Punjab in the evening classes. Technical and Vocational Training Institute of Private sectors imparted modern skills to more than 33921 persons according to this programme.
The Minister Labour expressed his displeasure over the absence of some secretaries in the meeting and directed the concerned to ensure their presence in future so as to complete this important task assigned by Chief Minister Punjab for the formation of skilled workforce in Punjab in the given timeline.