MANILA — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) signed a partnership with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Germany to further enhance the technical-vocational education and training (TVET) in the country.
BIBB is an international center of excellence for TVET.
The joint declaration was signed on September 19 with the intent of “furthering technical-vocational education and training through consultancy, technical assistance, exchange of information, experiences, best practices, joint research, study tours, and expert meetings.”
The initiatives will improve the TVET in the Philippines to improve the skills needed by the graduates.
“In Germany, many students take vocational training, and for those not yet ready, an intensive pre-apprenticeship program backs the youth. Their government has been investing massive amounts of talent and money on TVET and it is paying off,” Villanueva said.
He added, “The challenge we face in skills development is the need to increase the permeability of the TVET. Since the issues in the TVET are now global in nature, the more we should consider external support in the design of our training programs.”
Villanueva also noted that this agreement will allow the agency to create concrete plans that will eventually lead to better funding for research projects.