The German Consulate General in Karachi, together with eight German companies and two vocational training institutes – AMANTECH & iACT – have launched the Germany-Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) for the first time in Pakistan. The programme is founded on Germany’s renowned Dual System Training, combining classroom education with on-the-job training (OJT), that is implemented effectively throughout Germany. GPATI is being supported by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The objective of this unique training initiative is to produce workforce that is immediately productive and ready to take on the challenges of the industry after going through this programme. The participants will have a good balance of knowledge, skills and positive attitude. On the job training (OJT) is an essential element of this concept.
In the world of today, availability of skilled manpower is a challenge. Well-trained human resource tailored for particular skills and competencies are extremely difficult to recruit. To address the challenge of generating a regular stream of dedicated manpower, German multinationals like Siemens, BASF, Linde, Mercedes- Benz, Merck, Lufthansa Cargo/ Schenker, DHL have come forward and partnered in GPATI. Metro Pakistan is another company who will be joining in soon.
On successful completion, the programme will be replicated and extended to other multinational companies and will also be used by TEVTA for local companies. Besides piloting a Cooperative (dual) Training Model, GPATI aims to build the capacities of the VTIs and employers in Pakistan to form partnerships for the implementation of German Dual Model of training. This will prove to be a milestone in creating skilled manpower and employment opportunities for young people in Pakistan.