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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business organization, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed yesterday (August 19, 2014) a memorandum of understanding under which high school students will develop  technical education and specific skills in demand by industries.

The MOU was signed by TESDA Director-General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva and PCCI President Alfredo M. Yao at the PCCI office at McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

In a partnership known as the PCCI-TESDA Tech-Voc Project (PTTP),  the PCCI and TESDA will assist chambers, trade associations or companies to conduct skills training and engage in technical and vocational education (TVET). The PTTP is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  

Individual enterprises or private employers will be encouraged to make available training spaces in the workplace.  PCCI and TESDA will share training facilities, trainers, assessors and training materials.

Apart from other dualized approaches promoted, the PTTP addresses the TechVoc Track of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

“Companies will provide students with work-based experiences as they develop the specific skills that match what prospective employers want,” said PCCI president Yao.  “Our schools will then graduate high-school students who possess both the academic skills and technical skills that our industries deem relevant.”

He said that that dual approaches to vocational education and training have proven effective in terms of youth employment and competitiveness in European countries like Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Successful trainees will be awarded by TESDA with national certificates or certificates of competency under the Philippine TVET Qualification and Certification System. 

The MOU has a two-year, renewable effectivity. While the implementation plans are still be discussed in detail by TESDA, PCCI, companies, schools and trainers, the initial TVET clusters of skills will likely cover (a) metal technology, electric/electronic, and mechatronics (2) logistics, international trade (3) hospitality, tourism (4) financial sector (5) construction (6) ICT / BPO (7) food production (8) and ‘halo halo’  manufacturing.

Witnessing the signing were Dr. Alberto P. Fenix, Jr., chairman of the PCCI tech-voc committee, and Martha Hernandez, TESDA executive director.

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