TESDA XI, MinTVET holds TVET-Industry Consultation Forum

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Region XI (TESDA XI) and the Mindanao Technical-Vocational Association, Inc. (MinTVET) conducted a Mindanao-wide consultation forum with industry practitioners for the Philippine Qualification Framework Level 5 Diploma Program.

Over 80 industry employers and practitioners, Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution officials/representatives, and TESDA officials/personnel from the six regions of Mindanao gathered at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City on February 6, 2019 to discuss and assess the development of the PQF Level 5 Diploma curriculum.

The event seeks to note valuable inputs from the invited resource persons, generate/elicit from the industry participants salient information and data as inputs to curriculum development, engage participants through focus group discussions, survey questionnaires, interviews and open forum. The output of the forum will serve as input to policy development relative to PQF Level 5 Diploma curriculum.

The industry participants’ interest and openness in sharing the experiences specifically on work-based competency requirements, work values, ethics and life-long learning competencies which are integral part to the enhancement of a diploma curriculum.

Among the speakers of the event were Director Gaspar S. Gayona, Ph.D., Ed.D., CESO III, TESDA Deputy Director General for Communities and Local Government Unit Services, Director Elmer K. Talavera, Executive Director of National Institute for TESD, and Engr. Lorenzo G. Macapili, DTE, TESDA XI Regional Director.

Discussions were focused on the seven disciplines/programs/sectors namely Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Wellness, Digital Arts/Entertainment, Engineering, Information Technology, Business/ Entrepreneurship, Industrial Technology, Fishery/Aqua Fishery, and Agriculture.

The inputs of the industry practitioners, experts and employers of the respective sectors/disciplines in the curriculum development and other initiatives are expected to help align and match PQF Level 5 Diploma Curriculum outcomes with the industry requirements.

This, soon, will also help TESDA in fulfilling and ensuring its mandate of providing ‘training and a job/livelihood after’ as directed by TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, Ph.D., CSEE.

Meanwhile, the participants presented the results of the FGDs and workshops. Various concerns were raised including the industries’ lack of knowledge/understanding on the PQF Level 5 Diploma Programs. Thus, some suggested that there should be an activity/dialogue to enlighten and orient them more on the said programs.

All inputs gathered during the forum were collated and will be analyzed for final report and consideration into the proposed curriculum prototypes for the said disciplines/programs for continuous improvement and soon for the final crafting of curriculum.

The MinTVET also announced that they are taking the initial step of forming a MinTVET Industry Board that will serve as advisers/consultants in terms of curriculum development, trends in the market and trends in the workforce for continuous progress.

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