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TVET in Pakistan: Companies benefit from in-company training

GIZ has published a cost benefit analysis of in-company training in Pakistan. The paper provides substantial answers on how companies benefit from providing in-company training. The background study has been launched together with the advocacy paper “Return on investment or an investment without return? - A cost benefit-ratio analysis of in-company training in Pakistan” in Islamabad by GIZ’s Global Project “Build4Skills” and the “TVET Sector Reform Programme Pakistan”.

CFO (Chief Financial Officer) asks CEO (Chief Executive Office): “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”

CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

A country’s most valuable resources are its human resources! An investment in people and their skills is not only imperative for a nation’s economy but a social responsibility not limited to the government only.

But let’s talk business: Does investing in peoples’ skills actually benefit a company? – Yes, it does! The advocacy paper “Return on investment or an investment without return? A cost benefit-ratio analysis of in-company training” provides substantial answers on how a company benefits from providing in-company training. The paper’s objective being to advocate for consistent private sector engagement in TVET and the provision of in-company training. It argues that in-company training ultimately benefits a company and illustrates this providing a range of direct and downstream costs and benefits as well as social benefits.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is much more than just the mere acquisition of skills, but a tool to empowerment. This mutual belief has been the foundation of Germany and Pakistan’s cooperation in TVET and unites them in a joint vision:

Only if TVET considers industry needs and is responsive to national, regional and global dynamics, it will generate a competitive workforce. National certificates loose its value if the acquired competencies of the graduate do not match the actual skills needed to perform the job.

The advocacy paper, a joint product of GIZ’s global project “Build4Skills” and the bilateral “TVET Sector Support Programme (TSSP)” Pakistan, has been launched in Islamabad. It’s objective being to advocate for consistent private sector engagement in TVET and the provision of in-company training. The paper argues that in-company training ultimately benefits a company and illustrates this by providing a range of monetary and non-monetary benefits.

At the launch ceremony, at the beginning of May, nearly 60 participants of the international and national “TVET scene” attended, among them Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman of Paksitan’s national TVET apex body, NAVTTC, Dr. Nasir Khan, Executive Director NAVTTC, Dr. Jürgen Zoll, Counselor Economic Cooperation and Development at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Islamabad. As one of the panellists Michael Härtel was representing the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in front of representatives of Pakistan’s national TVET apex body along with private sector representatives.