TESDA seeks private sector partners under EBT programs

TESDA Deputy Director General Aniceto “John” Bertiz III (Contributed photo)

PASIG CITY, May 5 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is pushing for a more proactive promotion of its Enterprise-Based Training (EBT) program among industry partners to better prepare workers and learners in their respective regions.

TESDA Deputy Director General Aniceto “John” Bertiz III called on the agency’s industry coordinators and administrators of TESDA Technical Institutes (TTI) to ensure active participation of private sector in the EBT Program.

“In the implementation of EBT programs, promotion and advocacy play a vital role in achieving the targeted increase in the number of implementers. We encourage you to intensify the promotion and marketing of EBT and focus on nurturing the existing partnerships,” he said. 

“The Industry has been our partners in implementing our TVET programs. Now, we want to utilize this platform to set a strategic direction and enable you, as our frontliners in TVET, to be the advocates in making EBT the more preferred training modality in TVET,” he added. 

Bertiz, who oversees the partnerships and linkages at TESDA, made the call during his opening remarks at the first-ever Capacity-Building Program for EBT Industry Coordinators and TTI Administration held recently. 

This capacity-building program is in line with the agency’s goal to strengthen and expand the implementation of EBT in the country and in support of the second phase of the “EBT to the Max” Implementation Plan, particularly in equipping EBT implementers. 

EBT Program covers the Dual Training System (DTS)/Dualized Training Program (DTP), Supervised Industry Learning (SIL), Apprenticeship, Learnership, Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishment (PAFSE), and In-Company or on-site training arrangements, including other industry-based training programs.

The former lawmaker also pointed out that the TVET sector is also affected by the pandemic which is evident to the downward trend in the number of participating establishments in EBT programs.

He encouraged everyone, especially those in charge of promoting the agency’s programs, projects, and services, to reinvigorate their efforts in building a stronger TVET amid the challenges of the “new normal” environment. 

“No one is spared from the effects of the pandemic, TVET, likewise, experienced the dent in the nation’s socio-economic activities. A year after, we are all into rebuilding and reconstructing our individual and corporate lives gravely affected by the pandemic. We’ve seen the potential of EBT programs as catalysts to economic activities in the pre-pandemic times.”, he said. 

“We can help each other get back to where we left prior to this health pandemic,” he said, as he reminded industry coordinators and administrators of training institutes to set their targets this year.  

As to the implementation of EBT programs, Bertiz pointed out that the set target for EBT enrollees is 56,738 while the target for EBT graduates is 51,064. 

Bertiz also shared some updates on the implementation of other Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs to the local industries and sectors in the regional and provincial levels. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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