Skilled workers to benefit from Asean integration

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BAGUIO CITY: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration in 2015 will bring in challenges and opportunities for the country, but skilled workers are likely to benefit from it given the large number and experiences of Filipinos working abroad.

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Secretary Joel Villanueva, Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), said the competitiveness of the technical-vocational newly graduates or current students is assured as long as they pass their skills/trade assessment examinations.

He added Tesda is continuously working to further improve, enhance and expand tech-voc programs and services, through benchmarking of the different trades and engaging more partner local government units and industry stakeholders for such purpose, so that their graduates can adapt in the coming Asean integration.

He reported that they just recently finished the benchmarking of the construction and tourism tech-voc trades (module and curriculum) with the Australian model.

Their next schedule will be benchmarking for tech-voc trades with that of European countries.

He also reported that Tesda already has 35 Language Skills Institute that are providing work-based language program on English, Arabic, Korean, Japanese and Mandarin.

Villanueva was in official visit here for a partnership re-cognition and memorandum of agreement signing with the city government and with Moog Controls Corporation.

He also visited SITEL and at the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade, a Center of Excellence for Tourism Services TTI (tech-voc training institute) co-managed by Tesda and the City of Baguio.

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