KARACHI (PR): 13 German multinational and Pakistani national companies on Thursday formally launched the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), a new skills development project aiming at equipping young Pakistani men and women with employable skills.

GPATI, initiated by the German Consulate General in Karachi, will not only strengthen the bilateral economic cooperation between Pakistan and Germany  but will also contribute to a  paradigm shift in the skills development system of Pakistan, says Dr. Tilo Klinner, the Karachi-based German Consul General, while speaking at a press briefing here on Thursday.

According to Dr. Klinner, GPATI is a new training approach towards creating a demand-driven technical and vocational education and training system in Pakistan, which is based on the German Dual Training System.

This German system has been modified and developed into an appropriate model of cooperative training to match Pakistan’s needs for a highly skilled workforce.

 German multinational companies based in Karachi such as BASF, BMW, DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, METRO, DB Schenker, Mercedes and SIEMENS as well as one Pakistani company, Automobile Corporation of Pakistan Limited, are participating in this initiative as contributing employers, while the Aman Institute for Vocational Training (AMANTECH) and the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) are the training providers for this project.