IN CAPACITATING and providing guidance to the country’s trainable sector, the Tesda as I earlier mentioned is mandated to provide national directions for the country's technical-vocational education and training (TVET) system.
In fact, my daughter who is already in the hotel and resort management is asked by her office to undergo Tesda skills training under National Certificate level two or NC2 for Customer Service.
Crucial to Tesda's role as authority in technical vocational education and training is the provision of clear directions and priorities for TVET and as such, said office provides an equitable access to programs for the growing clients.
According to Tesda’s website, there are four training modalities - school-based, center-based, enterprise-based and community-based. These are being done with the Tesda’s 57 administered schools, 60 training centers, enterprise-based training through DTS/Apprenticeship and community-based training in convergence with the LGUs.
For the School Based Program, 57,19 are agricultural schools. Seven are fishery schools and 31 are trade schools. These school based programs include post-secondary offerings of varying duration not exceeding three years.
The center based programs refer to training provisions being undertaken in the Tesda Regional (15) and Provincial (45) Training Centers totaling 60 in selected trade areas in the different regions and provinces in the country.
One center is the Tesda Training Center Taguig Campus Enterprise TTCTCE that conducts advanced technology training programs registered under UTPRAS in partnership with industry organizations under a co-management scheme in response to the training requirements of the industry. These programs generate income to support Tesda Development Fund (TDF). The Tesda board approves the training fees. From the training fees, at an agreed sharing scheme contained in a MOA, the industry partners assume all the training expenses, repair and maintain the training facilities of the center. They also bring the equipment to augment Tesda's delivery system.
Another center based program is the Korea-Philippines Information Technology Training Center (KPITTC) at the Quezon City Polytechnic University compound in Novaliches hopes to become the premier information and communication technology training center in the Asia-Pacific region by producing competent IT practitioners to service the local and global manpower needs. KPITTC Quezon City will also provide training on computer graphics and animation.
Community-based Training for Enterprise Development program is primarily addressed to the poor and marginal groups, those who cannot access, or are not accessible by formal training provisions. They have low skills, limited management abilities, and have few economic options. They have no access to capital – most of them are unqualified for formal credit programs.
The program goes further than just mere skills training provision. It is purposely designed to catalyze the creation of livelihood enterprises that shall be implemented by the trainees, immediately after the training. Likewise, it is designed to assist partner agencies such as LGUs, NGOs, people organizations and other agencies organizations with mission to help the poor get into productive undertakings to help themselves and their communities.
The Enterprise-Based Programs are training program being implemented within companies/firms for an occupation that is apprenticeable. Generally, it aims to provide a mechanism that will ensure availability of qualified skilled workers based on industry requirements. Its objective is to establish a national apprenticeship program through the participation of employers, workers and government and non-government agencies to help meet the demand of the economy for trained manpower.
Locally, the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade located at No. 80 Military Cut-Off offers various Certificate Programs for short-term courses and in fact, my wife who is a government line-agency executive has finished a course on baking and pastry-making. For particulars, check http://www.bcsat.edu.ph/programs/certificate-programs/ for online information or visit the place itself to appreciate better what BCSAT has to offer.