In view of promoting TVET reforms on an international level, the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), in collaboration with the TVET Reform Support Programme, organized a two-day program, titled International TVET Conference 2016 held in Marriot Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan from October 3 to 4, 2016.
The Conference, which was participated by CPSC Director General Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and CPSC Faculty Consultant Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, aimed to gather TVET experts, leaders, senior executives and policy makers from different parts of the globe to share and learn from each other's experiences and best practices on various issues and concerns on TVET.
The Conference commenced on October 3, with the recitation of the Holy Quran. NAVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Cheema followed with his Welcome Address. The opening program was graced and addressed by the following guests: Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz, an Eminent Industrialist, Ex-Minister A. Razzaq Daud, a Development Partner, Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan H.E. Ina Lepel, and the Chief Guest, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr. M. Baligh ur Rehman.
The first day of the conference had the paper presentations of 14 key Speakers coming from China, Malaysia, Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia on the following themes: (1) Regional Studies and Practices in TVET, (2) TVET Reforms in Pakistan, (3) Industry Engagement in TVET Sector, and (4) Best Practices in TVET.
Plenary discussions ensued the next day which focused on the following topics: (1) Role of Private Sector in TVET; (2) Recognition of Prior Learning – Challenges and Way forward; (3) Apprenticeship and Youth Employability; (4) Quality Assurance in TVET; (5) Market Analysis, Job Placements and Entrepreneurship.
The participants visited the Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) in Islamabad at the second day of the conference.
Reports and Recommendations from the five panel groups were presented at the second day including the Special Paper presentations on the Regional Networking and Cooperation by UNESCO / UNEVOC and CPSC.