ISLAMABAD: National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) would establish 42 Government Technical Training Centres (Male & Female) in rented buildings in uncovered tehsils in Punjab and 42 Skill Development Centers (SDCs) in AJK. According to the release, the approved cost of 02 projects is Rs. 354.655 million and Rs. 188.392 million respectively. The execution period of the schemes is 30 months. The schemes have been recently approved by Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in its meeting held on 12-01-2008 according to all codal formalities and guide lines approved by ECNEC. In Punjab, 16 trades of 3-6 months duration of courses in 21 tehsils will be covered where proposed number of beneficiary centers is 42. A total number of 10425 persons will be trained.
Similarly, in AJK 8 trades of 3-6 months duration of courses in 12 tehsils will be covered where proposed number of beneficiary centers is 42. A total number of 11760 persons will be trained. Range of the courses includes Light Engineering, Hospitality, Construction, Skills for women, Agriculture and Food Processing and Services Sector. The courses are offered free of charge and the selected candidates will be paid a stipend of Rs. 2000/- per month during the course. Duration of the courses is from three to six months. The schemes are aimed at equipping unemployed youth with modern technical skills, upgrading their skills for better jobs to raise their income and ultimately alleviate poverty.
National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) supports Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVET) that are running courses relevant to market needs. NAVTEC also supports TVET institutions to create additional capacity to train unemployed educated youth in the sectors facing skills shortage as envisioned by the President and under Prime Minister’s special initiative for skills development. Schedule for training courses will be announced by concerned training providers training institutes in National/regional media later on. Special emphasis has been given to training of women and disadvantaged section of society and backward areas of AJK and Punjab which have so far uncovered in technical and vocational education.-SANA