14 August 2012
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will organize for the first time an assembly to tackle the progress of technical vocational education and training (TVET) in the country and make headway in identifying ways of advancing it to equip the Filipino workforce with necessary skills.
The 1st Technical Education and Skills Development Congress will gather some 1,000 education specialists, TVET institution administrators, policy makers, industry executives and representatives from the Colombo Plan Staff College and other international organizations.
Slated on August 29, Wednesday at the Le Pavillion, Metropolitan Park in Pasay City , the congress was initiated by TESDA in partnership with the Technical Vocational School Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL).
“High quality technical education and skills development is certainly one of the best investments a country can make, especially when it is accessible. Sadly, it is treated as a poor second to mainstream education,” Secretary Joel Villanueva said.
“We are facing the challenge by providing new knowledge, skills and attitudes required for today’s market. This TESD Congress seeks to make this a reality,” said Villanueva, TESDA Director General.
With a running theme, “Investing in the 21st Century Skilled Filipino Workforce,” the gathering will focus its discussions on the following:
A. Enhancing the Education System Through Reforms
- The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF)
- K to 12 Program and its Implications to TVET
- K to 12 in TVET: The University of Makati (UMak) Model
B. Developing the 21st Century Skilled Workforce
- Trends and the Skills Employers are Looking For
- Higher Level Technical Education and Skills Development: The ITE Experience
C. Improving the Relevance and Quality of TVET
- Information and Communications Technology in Technical Education and Skills Development
- Skills for Green jobs
- ISO Certification for TVET Institutions
The Philippine Qualifications Framework will identify the various qualification levels and the corresponding competencies thereof.
Villanueva said it is important to look at the current and emerging issues, trends and concerns in technical education and skills development together with the input of various stakeholders.
This way, he said, the needed measures and policies could be crafted with the participation of the concerned industries, educational institutions, policy-makers and TESDA advocates as the implementing agency.
“The Congress will also promote and advocate the thrust of the Aquino administration to link TVET to the requirements of the labor market as a way to solve the problems of jobs-skills mismatch,” Villanueva added.