The Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) comprises the process of skill-development of the workforce working in the industry of a country. It is also defined as marketable and economically relevant education for people. Technical Education refers to post-secondary courses of study and practical training aimed at preparation of technicians to work as supervisory staff. Vocational Training, on the other hand, refers to the lower-level education and training for the preparation of skilled or semi-skilled workers in various trades, but it does not enhance their level with respect to general education.
Radicalization and violent extremism are sometimes connected to youth unemployment and lack of economic opportunities for youth. The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/60/288), adopted by all Member States in 2006, is the cornerstone of a global multilateral response to terrorism, offering a comprehensive, integrated and preventive approach. The four pillars of the Global Strategy span the whole spectrum of measures through which the international community can prevent and combat terrorism, and protect the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.
Needs Assessment Conference
As part of the United Nations’ engagement with the Government and people of Pakistan on the promotion of sustainable economic development and the strengthening of community resilience and security, and keeping the youth of Pakistan at centre-stage while welcoming the promise that the Pakistani youth holds for the country at large, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs organized a Needs Assessment Conference on Youth Engagement, Skills Development and Employment Facilitation in Islamabad on 13 – 14 May 2015 in collaboration with the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Youth Programme. During that consultative exercise, the need to bridge the gap between technical training system and industry needs through inter alia capacity building and strengthening of the relevant institutions and trainers in Pakistan was noted as a priority. The Chairs' Summary from the Needs Assessment Conference is available here.
On 31 May – 04 June 2016, the UNCCT Capacity-Building Workshop for Technical and Vocational Training Institutes in Pakistan was organized in collaboration with the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, with technical support from ILO Office in Islamabad. The workshop aimed at promoting and enhancing technical and vocational education & training (TVET) in Pakistan, improve job prospects for the youth in Pakistan and strengthen the resilience of youth and protect them from falling victim to terrorist propaganda. Ms. Leila Khan, Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme delivered statements at the start and end of the workshop alongside. ILO Country Director in Pakistan, Ms. Ingrid Christensen, also made remarks during the closing session. Ms. Leila Khan was grateful to the UNCCT for delivering on the collaboration that was initiated at the Needs Assessment Conference last year on improving employment prospects for the youth, which are highly vulnerable to terrorist propaganda in Pakistan. The Acting UNRC in Pakistan, Ms. Lola Castro (WFP), in a separate meeting also endorsed the UNCCT’s emphasis on Pakistan’s youth as a key element in the overall efforts to prevent violent extremism and terrorism, and appreciated close coordination with ILO. The UNCCT is grateful to Ms. Leila Khan, Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, and to Pakistan offices of ILO, UNDP and the Resident Coordinator for their support in organizing this training.