Republic Act No. 10533Series of 2012, An Act Enhancing the Philippine Basic Education System by Strengthening its Curriculum and Increasing the Number of Years for Basic Education, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes, to be known as the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013”, was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 15, 2013.  

With this “K to 12” reform initiative, all curricula and systemic elements are currently being revised and updated according to the new education reform goals. The Philippine government has made an important step to promote practical orientation and qualification of young trainees in the formal education sector. However there is a lack of concepts how to promote the cooperation of the private sector and to secure its role in the provision of practical vocational training. Currently, vocational education and training is largely disconnected from practice and does not sufficiently match the needs of private sector. The youth are not sufficiently prepared during their vocational education for the actual requirements in the workplace, and are hence only partly employable. 

 The K to 12 PLUS Project will work with enterprises and vocational schools. They will be supported to engage with dualized technical teaching content in the school and in the workplace in the TechVoc Track of the Senior High School. This includes the design of teaching (school) and training (in- company) curricula, as well as introduction of new complementary didactical methods. It is envisaged to create pilot "TVET-Clusters" with relevant actors in two pilot regions (Cebu/Visayas and Metro Manila incl.Carlabazon). These clusters will accompany the development and piloting of dualized approaches in the selected industry sectors, and will develop further training offers in dualized mode.