Vocational training must for AJK uplift: Farid

Ali Raza

Muzaffarabad—The skill development is the tested model for better job prospects to unemployed youth and technical education and vocational training also ensures socio economic development of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
These remarks were made by the chairman Skill Development Council, Islamabad M Akram Farid as chief guest here on Wednesday.
These views have been shared with a large number of participants at a Hunar Mela and seminar on Competency Based Training organized jointly by Skill Development Council, Islamabad, Azad Jammu Kashmir Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority and GIZ here on Monday.
The CBT is one of the innovative approaches to reduce un-employment ratio in the country, these training initiatives which is supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme which is supported by the European Union, governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.
Mr. M Akram Farid, chairman SDC was the chief guest of the seminar while Mr. Abdul Sami Khan, Chairman AJK TEVTA and others also spoke at the occasion and highlighted the importance of TVET. While corroborating the idea of CBT, Chairman Skill Development Council, Islamabad M Akram Farid said that it is right time to implement such programs.
There is huge demand for technical training and education particularly in present situation where youth is the only hope.
He maintained that General education has been substituted by professional technical education in many cases. Instead of bare hands we must use machines and technological devices for all round development and regeneration of human society. Women empowerment cell in SDC is working on war footing basis.
Mr. Sami speaking at the occasion said that AJK TEVTA is striving for producing a skilled workforce, which is able to meet the challenges and demand of the job market and industry adding that the CBT is designed as per industrial demand.
He told that AJK TEVTA has trained and certified more than 74,000 persons in about 160 public and private technical training institutes since 2017. “The completers of these programmes have better prospects for employability” he remarked.

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