TESDA launches TVET Trainers Training Program

September 8, 2010 6:37 am 

MANILA, Sept. 7 — The Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) have inked an agreement with a Singapore-based foundation for its trainers training program as well as scholarship program for students in technical-vocational courses.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the agency’s program will be greatly improved by the partnership with the Temasek Foundation (TF) of Singapore and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Villanueva announced the agreement at the recent launching of the TVET Trainers Training Program (TTTP) in Taguig City which also coincided with the commencement training for the second batch of trainer scholars of TESDA.

“We believe that to be able to produce technically and globally competitive TVET graduates, there should be a ready pool of TVET trainers who are both pedagogically and technically competent. The collaborative efforts in trainers’ development between the Philippines and Singapore can build bridges of opportunities to further improve the quality of technical–vocational education systems in Asia,” Villanueva said.

TESDA is tasked to produce technically and globally competitive TVET trainers who are capable of delivering high quality training programs for private and public training institutions.

The agency conducts two courses in Training Methodology (TM) and Assessment Methodology (AM) which provides TVET trainers a training and certification to Level 1 Trainer’s Qualification (TQ) and Assessor’s Qualification (AQ).

At present, the Philippine TVET system has an estimated 23,000 trainers. Of this number, only 21,000 trainers have been trained and certified at the basic TQ1/AQ1 level.

Villanueva said TESDA requires more resources, time and effort to upgrade the capability and capacity of existing trainers according to the qualification requirements set in the Philippine TVET Trainer Qualification Framework (PTTQF).

While the agency has mapped out the four levels of qualification for trainers under the PTTQF, the agency still needs assistance to develop the training program for trainers to be trained and certified to the next higher level TQ2/TQ2 leading to TQ4/AQ4, the Master Trainer level.

This, Villanueva said can now be addressed through the collaborative partnership with Temasek and the ITE Education Services for the conduct of the TTTP program.

The program aims to develop, enhance and upgrade the pedagogical and technical competencies of Philippine TVET Trainers. It covers two training components- classroom training and practicum- to be conducted in select ITE colleges in Singapore and TVET institutions in the Philippines.

Temasek Foundation is supporting the program with a grant of USD 583,000.

The training for the first batch of 30 Trainer-Scholars was conducted in the Philippines on April 11-30, 2010 and in Singapore on May 10-30, 2010.

The first program run, according to TESDA, had a 90 percent success rate in the training and certification of trainers in Machining, Instrumentation and Control and 2D and 3D Animation.

The second batch of 30 TTTP Trainer-Scholars in Electrical Installation and Maintenance, CNC Lathe/CNC Milling, Automotive Servicing and Mechatronics started last September 6 and will end on the 24 at the TESDA Women Center in Taguig City . They will attend the second part of their training in Singapore from October 4-22.

After the training, the Trainer-Scholars will be certified to TQ2 (Training Designer and Developer) level and later on be tapped in the development of other trainers in the Philippine TVET system. (PNA)

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