Member Since 1973

Partner Ministry/Organization
National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC)

Address of Embassy in Manila
6th Floor, Alexander House, 132 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Participation in Regional Programs (2018-2024)
  • Joint-Training Programme on Greening TVET for Sustainable Development, May 6-10, 2024, Singapore, in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore; Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP); ITE-Education Services (ITEES) Singapore
  • Regional Program on Navigating the Future of TVET: Addressing Challenges and Fostering Positive Change, December 4-6, 2023, Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, Inc. (TMPF); Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech)
  • Regional Program on Empowering TVET Sector through Digitalization and Climate Resilient Skills for Sustainable Development, October 16-20, 2023, Manila, Philippines, in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Regional Program on Revolutionalize TVET: Innovation in Transformational Pedagogy, Competency Building and International Collaboration, October 2-5, 2023, Johor, Malaysia, in collaboration with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM); and Malaysia Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (MyRIVET)
  • Regional Program on Leadership for Sustainable TVET and Senior Executive Conference for CPSC Strategic Plan 2023-2028, December 12-16, 2022, Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
  • 2022 CPSC-BFIC Busan Global Training Program on Digital and Infrastructure Transformation on Engineering, Design and Pedagogy in TVET: Smart City Transportation with ITS Model (Phase 1), November 14-18, 2022, Online, in collaboration with Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC)
  • Regional Program on TVET Strategic Planning and Experts' Meeting for the CPSC Strategic Plan 2023-2028, November 7-11, 2022, Shah Alam, Malaysia, in collaboration with Department of Polytechnic and Community Colleges (DPCCE)
  • Regional Program on Industry-Institute Partnership for Relevant TVET Program, June 21-25, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Integrating IR 4.0 Competency and 21st Century Skills in TVET,
    May 17-21, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Developing Context Based Vocational Pedagogy, April 26-30, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovation in TVET Management, March 22-26, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovation in Curriculum Development Integrating ICT and Digital Skills,
    February 15-19, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovating TVET by Developing Digital Contents Using ICT Tools,
    February 1-5, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Greening TVET for Sustainable Development, December 14-18, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Strategic Plan Development to Ensure Quality Management System, November 23-27, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Effective Methods of TVET Curriculum Development to Integrate 21st Century Skills, September 21-25, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Equipping Digital Competencies in TVET to Address IR 4.0, August 24-28, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Strengthening TVET Quality and Relevance through Institute-Industry Linkages,
    March 2-6, 2020, Pokhara, Nepal, in collaboration with Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)-Nepal
  • Regional Program on Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills through Quality TVET Programs, February 2-6, 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in collaboration with Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB)-Bangladesh
  • Regional Program on Quality Assurance in TVET and APACC Strategic Planning, October 21-25, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on Skilling TVET in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, August 25-29, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on Sustainable (Green) Skills and Employability through TVET, April 22-26, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on TVET for Socio-Economic Transformation and International Conference on Innovations in TVET for Socio-Economic Development, October 1-3, 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal, in collaboration with the Diploma Engineers Association (DEAN)-Nepal; and Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)

Recent Programs Held (2018-2024)
  • In-Country Program on Accreditation and Certification in Achieving Quality Assured TVET
    (February 26- March 1)

  • In-Country Program for Pakistan on Results-Based Program Management in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions (May 22-26)
  • Training of Trainers on Automotive Technology using Virtual TVET (July 17-20)

  • Training of Trainers on Electrical Basics Using Virtual TVET (July 4-7)

  • Online In-Country Program on APACC Accreditation System (January 25-27)

Country Flag

Official Name
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Land Area
881,913 km²

Country Borders
India (east)
Afghanistan (west)
China (northeast)
Iran (southwest)



Urdu, English, Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Saraiki, and Balochi


National Holiday
14 August 1947 (Independence from the United Kingdom; Partition of India)

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No. of Years - Primary Education
8 years

No. of Years - Secondary Education
4 years

No. of Years - Tertiary Education (Bachelor's Degree)
4 years

Ministry of Supervising Education
Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training

Logo of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission

Agency Handling TVET
National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC)

TVET System
Vocational courses are offered in general schools through “Agro-Technical Studies” vocational subjects that are being offered starting from grade five to grade ten. Since 2000, vocational subjects have been offered in selected secondary schools.

Meanwhile, post-secondary TVET programs are being offered in polytechnic institutions and colleges of technology, which focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skills through the workshops, factories, companies, and organizations.

In 2016, there were around 315,000 graduates annually, contributing to 5.5% of the almost 60 million large labor force. The remainder usually contribute to workers in the informal sector (about 74% of the total labor force), which is unregulated and features poor remuneration.

Qualification Framework
The National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) provides a distinct pathway for Technical and Vocational Education and Training within the overall national qualification structure. NVQF pre-vocational levels were designed to meet the basic TVET entry needs of the majority of the population with little or no schooling, and five levels (Level 1 to 5 from certificate to diploma) to provide a clear pathway in TVET and entry into Higher Education degree levels.

The NVQF also defines the skills required for a qualification and determines the equivalence within TVET Sector, allows standardized vocational qualification, provides framework for quality assurance, vertical and horizontal progression for learners, recognition of national and international qualification systems, improvement in quality of training, and increased options for learners in selecting training programs.

Level of NVQS

Source: Figure from National Vocational Qualification Framework and Certification of Pakistan, by Soomro, National Vocational Qualification Systems of CPSC Member Countries 2017, CPSC.

TVET Financing
TVET in Pakistan is funded through budget allocations. Additional funding sources are required to fully cover the needs in consideration of the introduction of a training levy paid by employers.

Palm Oil, Import in Pakistan
Photo courtesy of The Express Tribune

2.5% (2023)
Source: International Monetary Fund

Pakistani Rupee (PKR)

Major Exports
House Linens ($4.63B)
Rice ($2.26B)
Non-Knit Men's Suits ($2.03B)
Knit Sweaters ($1.5B)\
Non-Knit Women's Suits ($1.37B)

Major Imports
Refined Petroleum ($6.58B)
Petroleum Gas ($6.41B)
Crude Petroleum ($3.53B)
Palm Oil ($3.36B)
Vaccines, blood, antisera, toxins and cultures ($3.06B)

Major Export Partners
United States ($5.51B)
China ($3.25B)
Germany ($2.53B)
United Kingdom ($2.21B)
United Arab Emirates ($1.28B)

Major Import Partners
China ($23.5B)
United Arab Emirates ($7.13B)
Qatar ($4.8B)
Indonesia ($4.05B)
United States ($3.51B)

H.E. Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi, President of Pakistan
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Type of Government
Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Head of State
Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi
Outgoing President of Pakistan

Head of Government
Shehbaz Sharif
Prime Minister

Branches of Government
The Executive
The Legislative
The Judiciary

Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan
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Literacy Rate
58% (2019)

Country Code

ISO Code

Internet TLD

Other Important Holidays
Kashmir Solidarity Day (February 5)
Pakistan Day (March 23)
Labor Day (May 1)
Milad un-Nabi (Every September)