PCCI showcased benefits of Dual Education and Training

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in partnership with the German Embassy Manila and with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the K to 12 PLUS Project and the Don Bosco One TVET Project held a high-level colloquium on June 28, 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort Manila hotel to showcase the benefits of dual education and training for the economic development of the Philippines and Germany.

The event brought together leading Philippine and German industry players, Philippine government officials, German Embassy representatives and members of the academe. Keynote speeches were delivered by Ambassador Dr. Gordon Kricke, German Embassy Manila, Mr. Michael Mager, HR Board of GROHE AG, Germany and Mr. George T. Barcelon, Chairman of the PCCI and President of Integrated Computer Systems (ICS).

Panel discussions on the two success factors of dual education and training in Germany—Tripartite Social Partnerships and Sharing of Costs and Benefits among the stakeholders featured Mr. Michael Mager, Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President of he Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), and Mr. Isidro Antonio Asper of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW). The second panel includes Mr. Barcelon, Ms. Rosanna Urdaneta, Deputy Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Fr. Dindo Vitug, Executive Director of Don Bosco TVET Philippines.

“Germany, and other European countries with a long standing tradition in dual education and training, repeatedly show lower youth unemployment figures. The key success factor is the effective and trustful collaboration between government and the industry through an apprenticeship system that blends classroom education with on-the-job training, equipping young people with practical labor market skills,” explained Ambassador Kricke.

The event also showcased two skills development projects that the German government, through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports in the Philippines: (1) the ONE TVET Project implemented by Don Bosco and the (2) K to 12 PLUS Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). The ONE TVET Project aims to help marginalized young people from poor parts of the population to find decent employment with an adequate income through improved and harmonized vocational training offerings. The overall objective of the K to 12 PLUS Project, meanwhile, is to increase the employability and income of Filipino youth and their families and to match the needs of companies for mid- to high level qualified employees.

“We are thankful to the German government for their continuous support through numerous technical and financial cooperation projects, systemic developments and development cooperation. The challenge now is how we make sure that the government and the private sector will move towards joint responsibility for dual education and training in the country,” said PCCI President Ma. Alegria Sibal-Limjoco.

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