TEVTA, PLCIP sing MoU to improve Pakistan footwear sector

LAHORE – The European Union-funded Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP) and the Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Punjab have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here in Lahore.

TEVTA Chairperson Infran Qaiser Sheikh and PLCIP Project Director Usman Malik signed the memorandum on behalf og their respective institutions. The purpose of the agreement is to improve the capacity of TEVTA to impart training on shoe making to the footwear industry in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that TEVTA was working to bridge the gap between industry and the workforce. He said that TEVTA has developed an industry partnership framework to improve the quality and relevance of training provision through collaboration between private sector and training providers. To improve the relevance of TEVTA institutes imparting education regarding footwear, TEVTA has established Centre Advisory Board for Footwear with representative of local footwear sector.

Usman Malik said that PLCIP was working for improved competitiveness of leather sector of Pakistan. For the implementation of the agreement, the PLCIP Consortium will engage international and local consultants who will assist in the preparation and implementation of training of trainers for TEVTA faculty in the areas of shoe upper stitching, shoe lasting and assembling, leather goods design and technology, shoe and leather goods CAD/CAM technology, leather cutting and e-learning applications in the area of footwear.

Further, PLCIP will assist TEVTA to gather international collaboration through development of linkages with different internationally renowned institutions. Pakistan Footwear Manufacturers Association (PFMA) representatives Nasir Sheikh and Younas said that the footwear sector has shown impressive export figures in the last five years and there was a great margin of growth still untapped due to non-availability of skilled manpower.

They appreciated the efforts of European Union to improve the footwear sector of Pakistan and hoped that the assistance that would be available to TEVTA after the MoU will help TEVTA institutes to better fulfill skilled manpower needs of footwear sector. The event was attended by office bears from TEVTA, PLCIP and PFMA as well.

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