Foundation unveils training facility

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


TO IMPROVE the skills of local workers, a training and assessment center for construction-related trades inaugurated on Monday its facility to supplement welding and hospitality courses.

Primary Structures Educational Foundation, Inc. (PSEFI), the training arm of local professional construction company Primary Structures Corp. (PSC), launched the Canadian Welding Bureau Facility (CWB-F) and the Hospitality Training Center (HTC) housed in PSEFI’s School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership and Services (Skills) campus on General Maxilom Ave., Cebu City.

“The facilities reinforce our advocacy to offer a bright future and a better life to less privileged Filipinos,” said PSEFI chief operations officer Paulette Liu during the press conference to launch the facility.

With CWB-F, PSEFI is the first welding school outside Canada that conducts a Canadian-designed welding training curriculum.

Liu said the collaboration signaled the start of a mutual exchange between Canada and the Philippines in providing certified and quality manpower for international construction.

Canadian Consul Robert Lee expressed confidence that the partnership will increase employment opportunities of Filipinos.

Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornley welcomed CWB-F as a promising training ground for the new breed of welders from the Philippines that would match the demand in Canada. Thornley said Canada is targeting 400,000 welders by 2020.

He said that apart from its citizens, Canada is looking at countries like the Philippines with a strong community of skilled workers.

“The Philippines is considered to be Canada’s biggest source of immigrants from around the world. This alone manifests your potential in our country’s labor scene,” he said.

The first batch of PSEFI’s CWB graduates of 115 students were also recognized Monday prior the inauguration of CWB-F and HTC.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said PSEFI bridges the gap between Filipinos and the needs of employers abroad.

PSEFI was established in 2008 to improve Cebu’s technical training with globally-competitive courses. PSEFI was certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in 2009 and in 2010.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 09, 2013.

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