Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Philippines, Germany Launch Landmark Agreements on Tec-Voc Education and Training

As part of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s official visit to Berlin last month, the Philippines and Germany signed two agreements on technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

To boost TESDA’s capabilities, Secretary Joel Villanueva and President Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) signed a Cooperation Agreement for collaborative research and development of TVET. The Bonn-based BIBB is a German and international center of excellence for research on vocational education and training and the progressive development of VET.

Philippine Ambassador to Germany Maria Cleofe R. Natividad
stressed that “this framework agreement creates an institutional partnership between the Philippines and Germany, with both sides prioritizing TVET cooperation as part of our economic and development cooperation agenda.”

Under the institutional framework, both sides will jointly identify initiatives that will further integrate dual training in the Philippine educational system, deepen engagement with the private sector, enhance the attractiveness of TVET among the general public, and improve the TVET quality assurance framework.

Ambassador Natividad further stressed that “vocational training is the core of the ‘Made in Germany’ brand and has been indispensable in securing a supply of skilled workers that has given the German economy a competitive edge. The Philippines is in the process of a major educational reform initiative, which will align our educational system with international standards.
Villanueva also said that "each year, some 60 percent of German school-leavers choose to enter the dual system, ensuring that in Germany young people are integrated into the labor force with a degree of success almost unparalleled in Europe… The challenge we face in skills development is the need to increase permeability of TVET. Since the issues in TVET are now global in nature, the more we should consider external support in the design of our training programs.”

According to Secretary Villanueva, outputs from monitoring and research would not only address current labor market needs, but would also allow TESDA to identify future trends in program development and adoption of new technologies.

Under this framework, the Philippines and Germany have just launched the “Dual Training as Extension of the Education Reform Initiative K to 12 of the Philippines (K-12 Plus)” program, which will pursue innovative dual training approaches in Metro Manila and the Central Visayas for the tourism, construction, manufacturing, electronics and microfinance sectors.

Villanueva emphasized that “we hope to beef up our dual training system and make it a sustainable program, especially for the youth. We will attain this by strengthening our advocacy and encourage more TVET institutions and companies to adopt this system” to address youth unemployment and underemployment.

The multi-stakeholder K-12 Plus initiative, includes the support of the Department of Education, TESDA, German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Cebu Chamber of Commerce, Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) Foundation, AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development, German International Cooperation (GIZ), German Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC), DEG (KfW), Sequa, and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts. (DFA)

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