Govt to launch short-term technical courses for youth: Ashfaq (The Balochistan Times (Pakistan))

Provincial Minister for Labour and HR, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said the present government was planning to launch short-term technical courses for youth to make it a role model for achieving goal of training of two million youth in next three years under Punjab Growth Strategy Program 2018.

He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of skill development steering committee constituted by Chief Minister Punjab, Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Monday.

He said that education to youth in government schools in evening shifts was also being introduced with coordination of Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC).

Revamping the existing curricula of skill training institutes enhancing participation of private sector with a view to improve capacity-building and quality assurance of skill graduates to ensure proper jobs in industrial sector is also under process, he added.

The committee focused on the steps to conduct a guide supply demand diagnostic to identify key sectors, creating and scaling up a targeted labour export schemes in key vocations to target Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).

Recommendations to strengthen present plans of action to upgrade TEVTA of Punjab were discussed by all the stakeholder in the meeting.

Establishment of centralized jobs placement body, enhancing participation of private sector was also discussed in the meeting.

The minister said that capacity-building quality increase and good governance system has been introduced in all technical training institutes ensuring job-placement for all skill graduates as well as enhancing the opportunities of labour export to GCC countries and UAE as well.

The PVTC, PSDF and TEVTA have taken extensive steps to ramp up capacity and are on track to meet goals for next six months under this short term courses programme, he added.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that there was a need to upskill 50 thousand LHWs in Punjab, adding that basic IT skills training could improve productivity of workforce.

The meeting was informed that Punjab government had launched a comprehensive reform effort to ensure all key TEVTA courses to be updated by 2018 and involvement of industry will also be strengthened.

Punjab Minister for Zakat and Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran, Chairman P and D Irfan Elahi, Chairman TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, CO PSDF Ali Sarfraz, MD PVTC Sajid Naseer, Addl Secretary Labour Syed Mubasher Hussain, representatives of Mckinsey and Company, World Bank and concerned departments attended the meeting.