Published On:Tuesday, 19 April 2016
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Overcoming manpower gap : TEVTA to offer short courses for footwear industry

Overcoming manpower gap : TEVTA to offer short courses for footwear industry



LAHORE: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) would facilitate the footwear industry by introducing short courses on footwear in collaboration with Pakistan Footwear Manufacturing Association (PFMA).
In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony on Monday, TEVTA announced that the short courses would include leather footwear lasting operations, stitching, marking/cutting, design using CAD/CAM, assembly and finishing, management skills and applications, and show manufacturing technician. TEVTA Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, PFMA Chairman Waseem Zakaria, TEVTA Chief Operating Officer Jawad Ahmad Qureshi as well as other office bearers of PFMA and TEVTA were also present on the occasion.
The TEVTA chief said that the authority, in collaboration with PFMA, has already started Shoe Upper Stitcher. “This agreement is aimed to bridge the gap between TEVTA and PFMA to provide skilled manpower for serving the footwear industry. TEVTA will provide training institute, faculty and curriculum whereas PFMA will provide machines and equipment, training consumables, internship, advisory support in curriculum modification, expert lectures and job opportunities to passing out students,” he added.
Training delivery mode would be 30% institutional training and 70% company-driven training, which would be nominated by PFMA, Sheikh said, adding that TEVTA would provide modified curricula, faculty, examination and certification through Trade Testing Board (TTB)/Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE). After passing the examination, he said, TEVTA and PFMA would issue a joint certificate of training to all successful candidates.
PFMA Chairman Waseem Zakaria in his address said that collaboration of TEVTA would help us overcome this manpower gap. PFMA would also provide job opportunities to trainees of the programme at the end of their training programme at a wage rate settled during the selection process. “It would also meet the shortage of trained manpower in this sector, which would establish a fruitful impact on both organizations,” he added.
Waseem said that the footwear industry is a labour intensive, employing directly and indirectly nearly half a million people. “This industry is converting Pakistan Leather into high value finished shoes and exporting to countries around the world. PFMA will make prime efforts in job placement of passing out students, ensuring maximum employment of trainees in the industry at Lahore,” he added.

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