LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar planted a sapling at the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) secretariat on Tuesday and inspected the blue pottery display centre.
He also formally launched the apprenticeship act 2021 to provide training to the youth in the industrial sector while the certification will be done by TEVTA. This act would provide on-job training to the youth.
The CM said the Punjab government has formulated the first skill policy which will be presented before the cabinet for approval soon. The past governments ignored TEVTA while the PTI-led government has given three billion rupees for different TEVTA programmes and Skill Punjab Portal has also been designed to provide jobs to the skilled youth.
The CM announced to establish the first skill Technology Park over an area of 120 Kanal in TEVTA secretariat adding that 2 lakh and 20 thousand students are being trained in 403 TEVTA institutions every year. Punjab’s first skill mapping project is successfully moving forward in collaboration with the urban unit, he added.
Meanwhile, more than one lakh youth has been given free skill education under CM Hunarmand Programme to provide employment to needy youth. Similarly, the CM said new technical universities are being set up in the province. An international standard engineering university will be established in Sialkot with an amount of 17 billion and the government will extend full support to the TEVTA institutions.
He congratulated the successful graduates of the Hunarmand Nojawan Programme and appreciated their skills. He hoped the quality technical education will help to overcome poverty and unemployment. Ali Suleman Siddique said TEVTA will establish 17 centres of excellence with the technical support of the Asian Development Bank. Pakistan’s first electric car will also be developed in TEVTA. 37 courses are being held in 140 TEVTA institutions under CPT and A and all institutions would be brought under the CPT and A within the next two years, he added. Secretary Industries Wasif Khursheed and others were also present.