Tesda bats for industry linkages addressing job-skills mismatch

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is beefing up public-private partnerships (PPP) to create a more vibrant employment framework.

The agency said it will help equip Filipinos, especially the youth, with proper knowledge and skills for their prospective professions.

According to Deputy Director General for TESD Operations Aniceto D. Bertiz III, Tesda has been implementing enterprise-based training programs through its “EBT to the Max” campaign, which focuses on five learning modalities. They include programs on Accelerating Farm School Establishment, Learnership, Apprenticeship, Supervised Industry Learning (SIL), and Dual Training System (DTS).

To date a total of 1,876 technical-vocational (tech-voc) institutions and their partner-companies have enforced the training programs under “EBT to the Max.”

One of its implementers, Dualtech Training Center (DTC), has been conducting a DTS program with instructional mode, wherein learning takes place alternately in two venues: the school or training center, and the company.

DTC President Arnold Morfe said their coordination with the institution under this initiative will enable tech-voc students not only to learn the job, but also the required work attitude in the industry.

He said in Filipino that, more than technology, they will have passion for work, and will acquire work attitudes fit for the industry’s need.

For Fr. Gaudencio Carandang Jr., tech-voc education and training director of Don Bosco Youth Center, the PPP is important because its complements their SIL program: “It is good for private institutions like us to have a partnership with the government, because we don’t do it for ourselves, but we do it for young people.”

Bertiz expressed his gratitude to their partner-firms in implementing “EBT to the Max,” as he urged others to do the same in order to address skills-job mismatch: “We are very grateful to the private companies who partner with us. And we hope that more…will join us in helping our work force.”

He added, “We have to expand the services of Tesda…to reach the unreached, serve the underserved, and assist those in the fringes of society.”