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TESDA, DepEd, SEAMEO converge focuses on TVET harmonization, mobility
by eTESDA PMU - Monday, 2 May 2016, 08:32 PM
Harmonizing technical vocational education and training (TVET) programs and ensuring the ease of flow of potential workers in Southeast Asian (SEA) countries are among the key challenges facing the country as a result of economic integration.

TVET leaders and institutions will try to address these and other related issues as they gather in SEAMEO Innotech Quezon City from May 3 to 4, for the Country-Level Workshop on Philippines’ SEA-TVET Harmonization and Mobility.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Irene Isaac said one of the highlights of the workshop is the identification of plan of action related to pilot student and teacher/instructor/trainer exchanges and other collaborative activities on priority industry areas of the country namely, hospitality and tourism; agriculture and fisheries; electronics/mechatronics; and, manufacturing.

TESDA also hopes to come up with programs on providing a networking platform among TVET institutions and TVET partners, and capacity-building support to officials and institutions, Isaac said.

“As focus is geared towards TVET as a priority area in the Southeast Asian region, TESDA should continue laying the groundwork to make its tech-voc education industry-driven and competency-based to allow adaptability of its graduates to the changing work requirements,” she said.

“We need to continuously enhance our partnership with the private sector, industries, TVET institutions, local government units and other stakeholders to guarantee quality and relevant training and assure employment for the graduates in this new landscape,” she added.

TESDA and DepEd host the workshop together with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and Asian Development Bank.

Among the participants are directors/ principals of TVET institutions, TVET experts and educators, TVET development agencies and SEAMEO officers.

The topics of discussions will focus on among others, the current status of TVET in Southeast Asia; regional qualification framework for TVET; SEAMEO regional initiative towards harmonization and internationalization of programs; international accreditation mechanism for TVET; industry needs and issues for employability in the Philippines; and, public-private partnership on TVET in the country.

A Framework of Cooperation among TVET institutions and their participation in the SEA-TVET Consortium is also expected to be signed.

The workshop is an offshoot of the High Official Meeting among TVET executives and partners in Thailand last year and another workshop on the same topic in Indonesia. END
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Tech-voc trainees to show off skills on Labor Day
by eTESDA PMU - Monday, 2 May 2016, 08:32 PM
On Labor Day, several trainees of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will leave their learning centers and give the public a glimpse of how they do their craft through a series of skills demonstrations.

At the sprawling complex of the World Trade Center in Pasay City, one group of trainees will show off their skills in mechatronics; a group of baristas will whip up their recipe of special drinks and coffee; and another will do a simulation of heavy equipment operation.

“These are just a few skills TESDA trainees engage in, we have a lot to offer – courses that are in-demand and can get the graduates employed right after certification,” TESDA Director General Irene Isaac said.

“TESDA has created a better image for its graduates as it continues to deliver quality courses and programs to ensure that the long-term skills requirement of industries are met,” she said.

To keep abreast with the fast-paced technology and emerging needs of industries, TESDA courses have evolved to include those high-precision skills such as mechatronics.

In mechatronics, students are taught how to configure devices, such as digital watches, thermostats and photocopiers, and configure circuits.

“Our graduates will have to go and compete in the labor market for employment. To give them a better shot at the jobs they want, they need to have specialization and valuable skills,” Isaac said.

On May 1, thousands of jobs will be offered at the simultaneous job fairs to be sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nationwide. At the World Trade Center, local and overseas employers will join the fair to accept applications and screen possible employees to their companies.

The target of the job fairs are recent graduates of tertiary education, technical vocational education graduates, unemployed, returning overseas Filipino workers, and workers who have been displaced from their previous jobs.

“We give honor to the country’s workers on Labor Day. The government will continue to work hard to provide people with decent and sustainable employment,” Isaac said.

“For its part, TESDA will remain true to its mandate of providing quality and relevant training, so that graduates would be ready to take on jobs required by companies,” she added.

Aside from the skills demonstration, TESDA will offer free services such as assistance to individuals for referral to free training through the Training for Work Scholarship Program and competency assessment to tech-voc graduates.

Representatives of other government agencies will also be present to offer a one-stop-shop for processing the needs for records of the applicants, such as the Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Bureau of Investigation, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig and the Department of Foreign Affairs. END

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