German CG for enhancing GPATI’s scope

KARACHI: The Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Tilo Klinner has stressed the need to enhance scope of Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI), which is a dual vocational training program for Pakistani youth and it aims at providing professional training according to the needs of the employers, hence making them competitive for the job market in Pakistan.

Speaking at a Networking Event organized at German Consulate General Karachi, Dr Klinner urged more Pakistani companies to join this training program in order to make it successful. Various multinationals as well as local companies and professional organizations have already been invited by the German Consulate in Karachi and the GIZ to participate in GPATI.

Dr. Julie Reviere (GIZ), Qazi Sajid (BASF), Feroz Khan (Omar Jibran Engineering), Salim Sheikh and Amir Khan (DB Schenker) participated in the panel discussion, which was moderated by the Consul General of Germany. The networking event was part of series of events being organized in the months of September, October and November 2013 by the German Consulate General Karachi and the Goethe-Institute Pakistan in connection with ‘German Weeks in Karachi’.

Dr. Klinner disclosed that the first batch of 160 skilled workers has been trained under GPATI within a very short span of less than a year. He further stressed the need to encourage youth to participate in GPATI as it will help them get jobs and become economically independent. It was noted that GPATI has become a household item for the stakeholders involved in policymaking and delivery of TVET. So far, the initiative has received overwhelmingly positive response both from multinational and local companies, with German multinationals like BASF, Dewan Group (BMW), DHL, Linde, Lufthansa Cargo, Merck, Metro, DB Schenker, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens, and three Pakistani companies namely the Automobile Corporation of Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd, SuperTech and Omar Jibran Engineering Industries participating in the program. The two vocational training institutes on board so far are AmanTech and IACT (Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents).

Expressing deep concerns over the current situation in Pakistan, Feroz Khan of Omar Jibran Engineering pointed out that the government of Pakistan had never spent more than 1.8 per cent of the GDP on education which must be raised to at least 5 percent.

“Children of the masses have been ignored during the past 65 years, resulting in massive unemployment and triggering extremism/ terrorism. It is unfortunate that three out of seven children in Balochistan dropped out of school which is a matter of grave concern and requires serious attention”, he added.

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