Rawalpindi, ( Parliament Times): There is an urgent need to harmonize technical education and training with the job market by strengthening the interconnected links between industrial institutions and technical training institutes of government and private. Vocational and technical training institutes should also be fully aware of the knowledge and skills required for overseas jobs so that the youth can be imparted skills tailored to the needs of the global job market.
Khalid Nawaz, Chief Executive Officer, Knight Human Management Shalan GL Pakistan, an organization protecting the rights of overseas Pakistanis, expressed these views while addressing a gathering of trainers and students of different technical skills at the KHM office here on Friday.
Khalid Nawaz said that due to lack of communication between our technical training centers and job-providing institutions, students do not know what skills they need to learn. Similarly, the relevant institutions are not able to guide the students. He said that due to modern technologies, industry, trade, agriculture, medicine and other sectors have changed and they require the workforce equipped with modern skills. “Highly skilled workforce cannot only get reasonable and secure jobs but it can also play a positive role in strengthening national economy in results of more and quality production”, he added. He said that to make our youth a priority of companies in the International job market, our technical training institutes must identify the requirements of employers and provide and offer the courses matching to the demands. “If the process of learning and imparting technical skills is ensured keeping these needs in mind, we can not only make rapid progress in industrial and commercial development, but also provide decent and secure employment opportunities to our youth in and outside the country and this will eliminate unemployment from the country”, he mentioned.
Khalid Nawaz said that the required technical skills have also changed a lot in the global job market. Our country’s public and private training institutions should be fully aware of this. “The world is moving with advanced technology while many of our institutions still offer courses to students that have fallen far short of priorities,” he said. He appreciated the work of KHM School of Arts and Design in this regard where students are offered vocational and technical training courses tailored to the needs of the market.
He asked the students to work hard to modernize and strengthen their art and skills even outside the classrooms. In this regard, using the computer and the Internet usefully, they can achieve perfection in their art and skills. “Our students should remember that good ethical attitudes along with job market compatible technical skills also secure their employment”, he concluded.