By Dhel Nazario
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is looking to significantly decrease job-skill mismatch among Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.
This, after the conclusion of the National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2018-2022 Action Programming Closing Forum in collaboration with Bayan Academy.
The agency will strengthen and sustain the industry relationships towards industry-led Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) designed to be fully responsive to industry needs.
A series of technical working group (TWG) meetings were conducted aiming to formulate industry-led curricula and identify critical skills expected from technical education scholars and graduates.
The Action Programming activity tackled existing workforce supply, demands and gaps, including the improvement of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum content, learning delivery system, and quality assurance and assessment.
It also conceptualized industry action programs and resource allocation plans to strengthen the standards of Philippine TVET.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña encouraged industry players, stakeholders and partner agencies to study the sectoral reports to determine how to calibrate TVET programs and policies to meet global standards.
The TESDA-Bayan Academy partnership emanated from the need to bring about reforms relevant to the needs of eight priority industries identified in the NTESDP, namely: Tourism; IT and Business Process Management (IT-BPM); Real Estate and Construction; Agriculture; Manufacturing; Electronics; Health and Wellness, and; Transportation, Communication and Logistics.
This led to the translation of the NTESDP 2018-2022 into specific action plans and investment programs for the identified priority sectors.
As emphasized during the culminating activity, sectoral issues must be jointly addressed by the government and the private sector to ensure its sustainability and effectivity.