• Tesda gears up for Asean skills contest

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    AIMING for the gold, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has started building a strong and winnable team of competitors and coaches who will take part in this year’s Asean Skills Competition (ASC).

    “In the actual skills competition, a winning team has two components — skilled competitors and equally good coaches. This is a proven formula to hit the gold,” Joel Villanueva, Tesda director general, said.

    The agency has created a national organizing committee that will focus on the country’s preparations when it joins the 10th ASC in Hanoi, Vietnam in October this year.

    The Philippines will be sending a delegation composed of competitors, coaches and officials to the biennial event.

    The contest will pit the 10 member countries of the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) against each other to prove their technical  competence in various trade areas.

    Amid increasing moves to integrate the Asean economies, enhancing the quality of human resources is a matter of priority to make the skilled workers competitive.

    “The competition will foster cooperation in technical-vocational education and training among member countries, and encourage closer ties between governments, industries, employers and workers organizations, and vocational institutions,” Villanueva said.

    “It will also provide a vehicle to recognize work excellence of the graduates and experts,” the Tesda chief added.

    Villanueva said the preparation for this year’s competition should not be a one-shot deal, but should be designed toward sustained participation in the international skills competition.

    “To achieve this, a pool of experts and coaches would have to be developed and maintained,” he said.

    Villanueva said Tesda is exploring the possibility of having a coaches academy, which aims to establish a system of developing a pool of and a career path for readily available coaches and experts for the country’s participation in local and international competitions.

    This was also tackled at a recently held workshop that discussed the National Training Plan. The plan also identified the areas of concern that needed focus and the timeline of the competition.

    Tesda, through the national organizing committee, will organize a mock competition from July 29 to 31. On August 19, it will submit the official list of Philippine delegation to the ASC.

    The agency is also looking for industry partners and sponsorswho could assist in the further training of the competitors and coaches  and in subsidizing the travelling expenses of the Philippine delegation.

    “We need to enhance the skills  of our competitors and coaches in using the latest equipment and technology available in the shop floors. Thus, we are looking for companies that would open their facilities for this purpose,” Villanueva said.

    The following trade areas are to be competed in by the ASEAN member countries in the ASC: Beauty Therapy, Mechatronics, Fashion Technology, Mechanical Engineering Design-CAD, Graphic Design Technology, IT Software Solutions for Business, Cooking, Welding, Restaurant Services, Electronics, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Web Design, IT Network System Administration, Electrical Installations, Industrial Automation, Wall and Floor Tiling, Plumbing and Heating, Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Joinery, Automobile Technology, Restaurant Services, Industrial Automation, Information Network Cabling, Mobile Robotics, CNC Maintenance, and Hairdressing.

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