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“Skills for All” program delayed till next year due to COVID-19

"Skills for All" a training and vocational program by the governmemt has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A project multibillion-rupee project within the prime minister’s special package to revive industries has been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government had previously approved the project titled “Skills for All.” The project had been designed to fill technological gaps in the hi-tech trades and vocational training for the industry.

High-technology exports are products with high R&D intensity, such as aerospace, computers, pharmaceuticals, scientific instruments, and electrical machinery. According to Trade Economics, Pakistan does not produce many high-tech exports, but the number has never been higher.

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According to the data, the percentage of high-tech exports last year was 2.3% of total exports, but the number has been showing a rising trend since 2014.

High-tech exports are usually high value-added goods and earn the exporting country relatively higher profits than low value-added goods.

 “Skills for All” part of the Kamyab Jawan Programme

“Skills for All” is part of the prime minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme. The government had approved the project as a much-needed technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is sectoral development. It was to use 14 TVET-specific interventions.

The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) was to assume the running of the program.

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It was announced by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training that the program had been delayed due to the pandemic. The training program’s activities have been rescheduled to 2020-21.

Established in 2005, National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) is the apex body for technical education and vocational training in the country mandated to provide for regulations, coordination, and policy direction for vocational and technical training and is thus involved in the policymaking, strategy formulation, regulation, and revamping of the country’s entire Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

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NAVTTC is an autonomous public sector body created through the NAVTTC Act-2011 that is presently working under the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. NAVTTC was established as an attached entity of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat (Public) to promote and regulate technical and vocational training in the country. It facilitates, regulates, and provides policy direction for skill development in Pakistan.

The ministry requested the ECC for Rs500 million to be allocated, through the technical supplementary grant from the Federal Education and Professional Training Division’s development expenditure for the development expenditure of NAVTTC under the PM project.

The Finance Division agreed to the proposal. The ECC considered the proposal and approved Rs500 million for the project.

GVS News Desk