Technical vocational trainers are heading back to the classroom, this time, as trainees to upgrade their teaching skills.
Several batches of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trainers from all over the country have come together to take a development program to upgrade their competencies as training facilitators.
The training is the product of the collaboration between TESDA and the HSBC Philippines, which have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement to implement the project - “Enhanced TM Level I Program.”
“Being at the forefront of tech-vocational education, trainers should be able to facilitate learning among diverse types of learners in various environments and using a wide range of skills and knowledge,” Irene Isaac, TESDA Director General, said.
“Hopefully, through this training, our trainers can keep pace with the demands of global competitiveness,” she added.
TESDA manages technical vocational (tech-voc) education and training in the country. It supervises over 4,600 training institutions and ensures that their trainers are qualified and competent to deliver tech-voc to their trainees. Currently, there are more than 9,000 TESDA-certified trainers who are holders of the National TVET Trainer Certificate (NTTC).
Speaking on the occasion, Taha Mohamedali, president and centre director of HSBC Global Service Centre, Manila, said: “Technical and vocational training is important as it equips our people to hone their competencies and become competitive. I am happy that we are able to support this national initiative.”
Under the agreement with HSBC Philippines, the TESDA trainers will go through an intensive upgrading training on Basic and Core Competencies. This training will be imparted by the HSBC Electronic Data Processing Philippines (HDPP) in its premises.
Topics will include ground rules for giving feedback; passion generators; learning experience versus training experience; learning styles; adult learning principles; training methodologies; handling difficult learners; and, coaching among others.
In April 2015, HSBC sponsored the first batch of training and produced 12 graduates who were carefully selected from TESDA’s training institutions in 10 regions.
The program aims at training a total of 120 tech-voc trainers. These trainers will then do multiplier training among trainers from the various public and private institutions across the country.END