The Turkish government is going to initiate a skill development project in Pakistan, aimed at producing a skilled workforce for the local hotel and tourism industry.
The plan to establish a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence for Hospitality and Construction in Pakistan is underway, said Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Dr. Nasir Khan.
In an exclusive interview with APP, he said that the center would be established at the National Skills University in Islamabad under the skills development institution of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.
Dr. Nasir said that all expenses of the project, including hiring the workforce and the construction work, would be managed by the Turkish government.
“It is the first project of its kind in Pakistan launched by Turkey as it has special expertise in the sectors of hospitality and construction in the world,” he added.
The establishment of a modern center for excellence in hospitality would ensure that 1.5 million employment opportunities are available annually for the skilled workforce in the hotel and tourism industry of Pakistan, he said.
According to NAVTTC, currently, the country has more than 10,000 hotels including three, four and five stars with more than 50,000 rooms, he added.
The hotel and tourism industry of Pakistan produces employment opportunities for around 1.5 million people, which is 2.5 percent of the total employment annually produced by the country, said Dr. Nasir. He hoped that the Turkish center would increase the ratio of employment opportunities in the country.
“The Centre would not only ensure production of trained workforce for development projects of the country like China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also provide employment opportunities to youth in foreign countries,” said Dr. Nasir.
He said the main goal of the NAVTTC is to prepare a skilled workforce while equipping them with technical education to get jobs in Pakistan and abroad.
The Turkish center of excellence would be helpful for NAVTTC’s ongoing efforts to provide technical training to the youth.
He said that NAVTTC is making all-out efforts for the uplift of technical and professional education and recognized the need for more reforms for formal education. He said that the world is ahead of Pakistan in these training programs.
With the cooperation and support of Turkish skills development institutions, we would improve the quality of our own skill development educational institutions, he remarked.
The establishment of the center is a positive step towards Prime Minister’s vision of a developed Pakistan, he added.