SIALKOT-The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) would soon design training courses for the Sialkot-based industrial workers.

NAVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema made the announcement while addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).  Cheema said that NAVTTC would also provide technical assistance, guidance and help for developing Sialkot’s sports goods, surgical and leather garments industries on modern lines, besides, ensuring early provision of advanced hi-tech technologies for boosting the industries. He said Sialkot industries lack advanced technology and skilled work force.

He said that NAVTTC would soon design the direly needed special training courses for the local unskilled workers by keeping the needs of industries in view by taking these industries into confidence. He said such courses would be initiated soon in active cooperation with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). He added that the NAVTTC had been playing a pivotal role in promoting advanced skills’ training courses across Pakistan for providing highly skilled work forces to the industries. He said that necessary training of the advanced skills would also help provide the maximum job opportunities to local youth besides reducing the graph of unemployment in the country.

He said that the NAVTTC is also striving for the promotion of standardization and certification in all the sectors, enabling the Sialkot-based industrialists and exporters to meet with the global trade challenges in the GSP Plus regime.

He said that the government is focusing on these direly needed steps, as the foreign investors and partners are also showing keen interest in these steps. He said that the government is also evolving an effective and positive National Skill Strategy under the supervision of NAVTTC to establish a strong industrial base in the country. He noted that several training programmes are being chalked out keeping in mind the demands and needs of the industries.

He said that formation of the sector skills councils by NAVTTC was the need of the day to flourish the sports goods, surgical and leather garments industries of Sialkot. He said that the NAVTTC has successfully introduced Job Placement Centre Project for first time in Pakistan which has been helping a lot in bridging the gap between the employers and the skilled youth.

He also asked the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to come forward and establish an international standard state-of-the-art technical training institute at export-oriented Sialkot city.

He said that NAVTTC has also chalked out a multi-phased technical training programme under which the NAVTTC would give the training of the advanced skills to s many as 50,000 unskilled youths across Pakistan, as this number has been doubled from 25,000 youths to 50,000 for improving their skills.