SERC principal and chief executive Ken Webb recently attended the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) International TVET Conference held in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ken was amongst over 40 delegates from around the world who gathered at the Presidency Palace for the two-day conference.
NAVTTC is Pakistan’s national apex body in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector for policy making, standardization and regulation, coordination and international collaboration and execution of national training programs.
The conference was designed to promote the TVET sector reform and share it with an international audience, under the theme of ‘Industry Engagement in TVET for Growth and Employability’
The conference offered delegates an international platform for sharing and exchanging best practices, experiences and knowledge within the international and regional context for the promotion and advancement of the vocational and technical training sector.
The conference saw speakers from countries from around the world including Pakistan, Germany, Norway, France, China, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Ken was the only representative from the UK to speak at the conference where he spoke about the Successful Implementation of Apprenticeships from a British prospective. Ken spoke about apprenticeship models across the UK, the curriculum and specialist areas SERC focuses on, higher level apprenticeships, SERC’s relationships with employers to establish and maintain apprenticeship opportunities, and the high quality and expertise of the colleges staff.
Ken said, “It is testimony to the growing reputation of SERC that we have been invited to attend such an event. It was a great opportunity to showcase the success of our apprenticeship programmes and to share best practice. Thanks to this event I hope to build on our international strategy and further develop sustainable global partnerships. I was honoured to attend the conference and to be working with Pakistan to build their capability in vocational education and training to meet the skills gap and economic development goals of their region.”