The Turkish government will soon start a skills development project in Pakistan aimed at producing skilled labor for the local hotel and tourism industry.
The plan to establish a Center of Excellence for Hospitality and Construction of the latest generation in Pakistan is underway in that regard, said the Executive Director of the National Commission for Technical and Vocational Training (NAVTTC), Dr. Nasir Khan.
In an exclusive talk with APPHe said the center would be established at the National Skills University in Islamabad under the skills development institution of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.
Dr. Nasir said that all project expenses, including hiring the workforce and carrying out construction work, would be managed by the Turkish government.
According to the project, he said, Turkey would support NAVTTC for skills development in Pakistani youth.
"It is the first such project in Pakistan launched by Turkey, as it has special experience in the hospitality and construction sectors in the world," he added.
The establishment of a modern center for hospitality excellence would ensure that 1.5 million job opportunities are available annually to the skilled workforce in Pakistan's hotel and tourism industry, he said.
According to NAVTTC data, the country currently has more than 10,000 hotels, including three, four and five stars with more than 50,000 rooms, he added.
Pakistan's hotel and tourism industry generates employment opportunities for around 1.5 million people, representing 2.5 percent of the total employment produced annually by the country, said Dr. Nasir.
He hoped that the Turkish center would increase the proportion of employment opportunities in the country.
"The Center would not only guarantee the production of skilled labor for development projects in the country such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also provide employment opportunities for young people in foreign countries," said Dr. Nasir.
He said the basic objective of the NAVTTC was to prepare a skilled workforce and equip it with technical education to get work at home and abroad.
The Turkish center of excellence would be useful for NAVTTC's ongoing efforts to arm the maximum number of young people with technical training, he added.
He said that NAVTTC was making every effort to improve technical and vocational education, and recognized the need for more reforms in formal education for it. He said the world was ahead of Pakistan in such training programs.
With the cooperation and support of the Turkish skills development institutions, we would improve the quality of our own educational skills development institutions, he said.
The establishment of the center is a positive step towards the vision of the prime minister of a developed Pakistan, he added.