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B-TEVTA Launches CBT Courses

Quetta: The Balochistan Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (B-TEVTA) held a Media Sensitization Session on importance of Technical Vocational Education and Training in Balochistan. The purpose of this session was to sensitize the media personnel about the role, mandate, and functions of Balochistan TEVTA.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zamran Marri, Director B-TEVTA informed the participants that 58% of population of Balochistan consists of youth between ages of 1 to 19 years. He said that this is the high time that this huge youth bulge be capitalized by imparting competency based training to the youth. Mr. Abdul Rauf Baloch, Director General, NAVTTC apprised the audience about the new initiatives of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission including National Vocational Qualification Framework, National TVET Policy, Accreditation of TVET Institutes and Competency Based Curricula.

 B-TEVTA is initiating Competency Based training (CBT) courses, which will ensure greater involvement of the industry in the delivery of vocational training besides helping young boys and girls attain employable skills and decent career. These courses will be offered at six selected B-TEVTA institutes across the province of the Balochistan.

“Private sector’s engagement in the planning and delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) is a key and that is why the B-TEVTA is introducing CBT training courses, which links the training to the market needs,” Director Head B-TEVTA Zamran Marri said this while speaking at a media sensitization session here on Tuesday.

According to Zamran Marri, 14 new courses under CBT to launch which included Beauty Therapy, Hair Stylist, Skin Care, Computer Operator, Web Designing & Development, Auto-Cade, Graphic Designing, E-Commerce, Heating & Ventilation ,AC, Electronics Technician, Building Electrician, Solar Panel Installation, Plumber Solar Panel water Heater installation etc.

Competency Based Training (CBT) is one of the innovative approaches to reduce un-employment ratio in the province, these training initiatives which is supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme. CBT scheme is being piloted in the six institutes of the Labour and Manpower Department. Completers of these programmes will have better prospects for employability, Zamran Marri Said.

The introduction of CBT is an important element of the National Skills Strategy (NSS), which is the basis of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan and being supported by the European Union, the governments of Netherlands, Germany and Norway.

The CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF), which the government has launched in March this year at a national level. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market.

The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. Apart from Baluchistan, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 84TEVTinstitutes across the country.

Mr. Hayat Kakar, Additional Secretary Education, Government of Balochistan concluded the media sensitization session with optimistic vision for Technical Vocational Education and Training Sector in Balochistan

Staff report

Published in The Balochistan Point on December 15, 2015

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