LAHORE - The Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) is initiating Competency Based training(CBT) programme, a new scheme which ensures 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 free of cost to male and female youth at thirty two selected PVTC Institutes across the province of the Punjab.

“Private sector’s engagement in the planning and delivery of technical education and vocational training (TVET) is a key and that is why the PVTC is introducing CBT training courses, which links the training to the market needs,” Managing Director PVTC Sajid Naseer Khan said this while speaking at a media sensitization session here on Wednesday.

Competency Based Training (CBT) is one of the innovative approaches to reduce unemployment ratio in the province. These training initiatives are supported by the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme.

According to Faisal Ejaz Khan, the CBT scheme is being piloted in the 32 institutes of the PVTC, saying completers of these programmes will have better prospects for employability.

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 Sindh, the CBT programme is also being implemented in 84TEVT& PVTC institutes across the country.