islamabad - An apex board to be affiliated with all the technical and vocational institutions and a national policy to reform the sector for the next 10 years are in the making.

In this regard Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman chaired a meeting regarding the progress report of Federal Board, National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and National TVET Policy yesterday. The minister was told that the consultation process with the stakeholders including ministry, TEVTAs, BTEs/TTBs has been completed and final draft of the policy has been submitted to the ministry along with the PC-1.

The policy will broadly impact TVET sector in Pakistan, reforming the sector for the next 10 years. And through this policy, the government will be able to achieve 1,000,000 publicly funded comprehensive based training places available annually, 250,000 apprenticeships available annually, 40% of TVET provided by the private sector, and 33% of overall federal education budget to TVET etc.

Skills are needed to increase productivity, enhance global competitiveness and contribute to national economic and social policies, said Chairman NAVTTC Zulfikar Cheema. Pakistan currently provides technical education to 1% of its population only, and is rated at 133 out of 148 countries in terms of competitiveness, he said.

A small presentation was also given on the National Skill University by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to establish a skill university to monitor overall progress and situation of technical and vocational education in Pakistan. A monthly review meeting will be held at the ministry for this purpose.