GPCCI hails enterprise-based tech-voc educ training accord

Officials of the K to 12 PLUS Project witness the signing of the partnership.

The German Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) welcomes the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Human Resources Development Foundation (PCCI-HRDF) to forge a partnership in setting up the nationwide, pre-employment dual education and training system.

"Effective dual education and training models developed and implemented together by the industry, vocational-training institutions, as well as Tesda identify relevant industry skills and provide for hands-on training in the companies," GPCCI Executive Director Dr. Martin Henkelmann confirmed. "We are glad to share our German expertise in skills training with local stakeholders through the K to 12 PLUS Project."

From the part of the GPCCI, President Tristan Arwen Loveres said, "The GPCCI supports this collaboration as it fosters industry-driven skills development for our young Filipinos. The agreement between Tesda and PCCI-HRDF corresponds with our initiatives in the German government-funded K to 12 PLUS Project."

The K to 12 PLUS Project is a joint initiative of six German implementing partners, which include GPCCI, whose complementary strengths and expertise were sought to support the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, or Republic Act 10533.

Local partners of the K to 12 PLUS Project include various public and private organizations in the Philippines, one of which is the PCCI-HRDF.

The memorandum signed on January 16 aims to institutionalize a nationwide implementation of an industry-led skills training. Furthermore, it provides for a competency assessment and certification by the industry.

The GPCCI belongs to the international network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, or AHKs, represented by 140 offices in 92 countries. It is the official representation of German businesses in the Philippines, a bilateral-membership organization with around 300 members, and a service provider to companies in their market entry and expansion.

Source: (website of the magazine business mirror), revised by iMOVE, May 2020