• Role of vocational training in K to12 tackled in Tesda congress

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    AGENCIES handling education services have gathered to discuss how to seamlessly incorporate the government’s technical vocational education and training (TVET) program into the K to 12 curriculum.

    The discussion took place during the recent TVET Congress at the Calabarzon region, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) said on Saturday.

    Calabarzon is composed of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.

    Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said the Regional TVET Congress, which had around 500 participants, also gathered inputs on the proposed reforms on the Apprenticeship Training System.

    “TVET is on top of the government’s agenda because it provides opportunities for the youth and unemployed to land in jobs and earn income. It is now on the upswing as more and more companies are looking for skilled workers here and abroad,” he said.

    “But we should always be a step ahead and constantly think of ways to make better our service such as having regular consultations with industry in the crafting of policies and identification of training programs relevant to the regions such as the industrial area of Calabarzon,” he added.

    Themed “Enhancing TVET for Industries of the 21st Century,” the meeting focused on the K to 12 curriculum, which was implemented starting last year.

    Villanueva said TVET will play a critical role in the new curriculum that will now offer technical vocational courses to students.

    The participants also discussed the Philippine Qualification Framework, which lays downs the national standards and levels for the outcomes of education and training from Grade 10 of basic education up to post-graduate.

    Villanueva said Tesda has also begun gathering inputs of TVET experts, industries and partner institutions for the reforms on the Apprenticeship Training System that it plans to introduce soon.

    Donald James Gawe, head of the plan and policy division of the National Economic and Development Authority for Calabarzon, talked about the growth potentials in the region and its impact on the TVET sector.

    Marta Hernandez, executive director for TVET Systems Development Office, discussed the reforms in the Apprenticeship Training System, while Elvin Ivan Uy from the Department of Education gave an update on the K to 12 curriculum.

     

    NEIL A. ALCOBER

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