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Workshop for achieving competency standards at workplaces

Islamabad - July 12, 2011. "A four-day training workshop on competency standards development for textiles and fashion design, hospitality and beauty and personal care started here on Monday."

"The workshop is organized by ILO Office for Pakistan on competency standards development.

A group of 20 women and men representing public and private sector training authorities, including provincial TEVTAs, Vocational Training Institutions, Ministry of Textiles, Samanzar, Benazir Bhutto Youth Skills Development Programme (BBYSDP), Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI), College of Tourism Hotel Management (COTHM) and others are being trained by the ILO Office for Pakistan on competency standards development.

This initial four-day workshop will be followed up by technical assistance to initiate and complete the process of competency standards development for key economic sectors as part of their work with the ILO.

This training is being conducted under the ILO project, Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE), funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

The key technical outcome of the workshop is the development of competency standards, which define the exact requirements of the workplace. These standards will help training providers ensure that the training is high quality and industry demand based.

Initially the focus is on competency standards development for textiles and fashion design, hospitality and beauty and personal care. Since these are sectors which are considered key in terms of Pakistan’s economic development and women’s employment, the provision of high quality, market relevant training will have a positive impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Speaking at the opening of the first of this series of workshops, the Country Director of the ILO, Francesco d’Ovidio, described the centrality of skills development in economic growth and social development.

He said the Global Employment Agenda (2003) and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globaliza-tion (2008) highlight skills development as central to improving productivity, job creation and standards of living.

“Better education and training for young people, workers and entrepreneurs can accelerate the transition to the formal economy and the benefits that globalization can bring,” he added.

He encouraged participants to maximize this opportunity, not take it as “just another training session”, but to build on this and organise themselves as a “pool of experts”. He assured them of ILO’s technical support."

Source: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=102634

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