TESDA chief bats for stronger PPP to address skills mismatch

November 14, 2010 2:34 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 14 – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva has sought for stronger public-private partnership (PPP) to address the prevailing skills mismatch between industry requirements and academe graduates.

Villanueva said the PPP, as promoted by the Aquino administration, is a constructive way to transform the current situation and achieve a substantial increase in the recorded low employment of technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates in the country.

“The public-private partnership provides another occasion to hail the work of TESDA, whose role has been an important influence towards national cooperation through sharing of resources, information and expertise on technical education and vocational training,” he said, during a stakeholders forum with local officials, congressmen and private sector in Batangas City this week.

“Our partnership with the private sector signals our hope towards the President’s call for the creation of jobs for the growth of our industries,” he said.

Villanueva said all the programs and services of TESDA have served not only to enhance the quality of TVET but also to ensure that it keeps pace with the urgent and compelling demands of accelerated development.

He cited three key programs of TESDA that are seen to help deal with the gap in job and skills mismatch, which result to low rate of employment: Philippine TVET Qualifications Framework (PTQF), Dual Training System (DTS) and Blue Desk.

Established in 2003, the PTQF mainly ensures that all qualifications are determined and competencies are arranged for job platforms.

The PTQF, which has four qualification levels, is aimed at enhancing and building on the international recognition of the Philippine Qualifications and to support the mobility of skilled workers through the comparability and mutual recognition of skills and qualifications across countries.

However, the PTQF is open to defining higher qualifications based on the requirements of the industry.

The DTS, meanwhile, is deemed as an effective mode of training delivery in TVET that combines two areas of learning: the school/training center and the production plan of an agricultural, industrial and business establishment. The Dual Training System Act (Republic Act 7686) was signed into law on February 25, 1994.

The Blue Desk is a direct job facilitation assistance being extended by TVET providers to their respective graduates through referral and job matching activities, which is facilitated on-line among institutions and industries.

Villanueva said the Blue Desk might seem new but it has actually been initiated by TESDA nationwide for some time now.

“We need to draw on tried-and-tested experiences and hold onto what works. But we likewise need to introduce new thinking and approaches where feasible and we need to stop what isn’t working,” Villanueva pointed out.

Noting the PTQF, DTS and Blue Desk are not perfect, he said, they will be needing the help of the private sector to introduce enhancements.

“We are hopeful that private partners, stakeholders and caring government local and national leaders will vouch and take action for our continued success in this highly important mission,” the TESDA chief added. (PNA)

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