To make employment opportunities and improve the present workforce, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KP-TEVTA) has initiated competency-based training in 13 different technical training institutes for the first time across the province.
While speaking to The Express Tribune on Saturday, Government College of Technology Swat Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Micro Hydro Power project Abid Alam said in early 2015, KP-TEVTA developed a professional micro hydropower training programme which was unique in not only K-P, but Pakistan well.
He added for this purpose, selected staff was sent to ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM), Indonesia in 2015 for capacity development.
Abid further said the training meant to make the participants professionally sound in hydro energy conversion and for planning, designing, installing and maintaining MHP stations at suitable sites.
He maintained around 1,300 teachers have been trained in 79 in-service training courses that were conducted across the country. The teachers have been trained to make their students competent in the field.
He said they started the trainings in their respective institutions and currently 30 students were enrolled in the programme.
Eligibility and levels
Alam shared that a student could apply for this course after completing Secondary School Certificate.
He said in the first level, they will be informed regarding the introduction of MHP, while in the second level they will be taught about mechanical, electrical and civil constructions.
In the third level, students will learn about MHP operations and maintenance, he said, and in the fourth one trainers will impart knowledge of MHP management.
He said students from across the province can apply for this course.
Meanwhile, KP-TEVTA Chairperson Arshad Umerzai told The Express Tribune , “The training programme is not only important for economic development but would also ensure reduction in poverty and provision of a better livelihood to the young population of the province.”
He said the K-P government will try to establish technical and vocational institutes in each district and tehsil to produce skilled labour.
He pointed out K-P was blessed with the natural resource of water, which could produce almost 40,000 megawatts of hydel power.
Small hydel power plants would be installed in different areas of the province which will not only generate power but would also provide job opportunities to the youth, he said.
The two-year training programme is financially supported by foreign donors, while GIZ, a Germany-based organisation, implemented this programme in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and provincial TEVTAs in November 2015.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2016.