Tesda, foreign chambers buoy up tech-voc training

April 16, 2012 at 15:39

BIG foreign businesses are linking up with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to give technical-vocational training the needed shot in the arm amid the expected high demand for workers, especially in the manufacturing sector.

In a recent meeting, Tesda and the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) have agreed to come up with concrete steps to move forward the enterprise-based training and prepare vocational graduates and those near-hires to land permanent jobs in various industries.

Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said the agency is also organizing a meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in the Philippines aimed at getting an overview on the manufacturing sector in the country in anticipation of an increased demand for workers in this sector.

“We would like to get a list of industry associations and possible employers, and the qualifications they need so we can better suit our training according to the demand,” Villanueva said.

Tesda and the foreign chambers met to discuss how to push forward the “Arangkada Philippines 2010,” an advocacy paper prepared by the JFC, which contains policy recommendations to the government focused on accelerating the growth of seven big industry winner sectors, namely: agribusiness, information technology/business-process outsourcing, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics, mining, and tourism, medical travel and retirement.

Villanueva said Tesda will play a key role in keeping the prospects up for the fulfillment of the Arangkada initiatives by providing a steady supply of quality technical-vocational graduates who can immediately take on the jobs needed by industries.
By: Claudeth Mocon
Source: Business Mirror, April 10, 2012
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