K-12 Plus at PCCI's Annual Chamber Management Conference

K-12 Plus program was invited to speak at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Management Conference held at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom, Pasay City, last Oct 25, 2015. This annual chamber management conference is held to increase awareness on current advocacy initiatives, programs and special projects engaging local chambers. Mr. Yorck Sievers, Director, AHK Vocational Education and Training spoke about the "Chamber's Role in Dual Training in Germany". Mr. Michael Olma, Head of Unit, Dept for Skilled Crafts Promotion and International Cooperation (ZDH) spoke on "Small Business Promotion in Germany". Both topics are to share the German experience in developing human resources and promoting small business. PCCI HRDF's President, Dr. Alberto Fenix, Jr. spoke on the initiatives and Activities of Local Chambers in Dual Training along with Mr. Andreas Meyn, Project Director of the K-12 Plus Program. Mr. Sayo, Co-Chair of the PCCI TVET Committee spoke on Skills Mapping and the role of Local Chambers. K-12 Plus Project Partner with Cebu Chamber of Commerce, Ms. May Ybanez also spoke on Proposed Chamber Assessment and Certification System." It was a successful event, attended by over 200 chamber managers from all over the Philippines who expressed interest in supporting the TechVoc Education in the Philippines. For more photos, please click here to visit our Facebook page. 

Curriculum Discussion for the Hospitality Pilot Project in Laiya

K-12 Plus Hospitality Consultant with project partner GIZ, Marcel Haessner, arranged for this informal but much needed trialogue among Laiya National High School faculty headed by Principal Josephine Rozales, Department of Education's Mr. David Nuay, Assistant School Division Superintendent, and K-12 Plus Project Coordinator Andreas Meyn. Also part of the trialogue was HRDF's Executive Director, Marlon Mina. Up for discussion was the presentation to Mr. Nuay of DepEd, the proposed curriculum submitted by Mr. Haessner, focusing on focusing on delivering the DepEd approved curriculum in close collaboration with local resorts. Taking into consideration the seasonal peaks and lows, time for immersion of students will be maximized, and class sizes optimized through rotation between school based and enterprise based learning. Discussions and collaborative fine tuning of the curriculum delivery will be continued before the launch of the K-12 Program in June of next year. For more photos, please click here to please click here to visit our facebook page.

K-12 Plus and GPCCI Study Group is First Delegation to visit Porsche Training Center

German carmaker Porsche was one of the destinations during the Study Tour of the the AHK Philippines' Dual Training Team, the K to 12 PLUS Project and Philippine delegates from PCCI, DepEd, TESDA and private institutions.

The pictured sports car – worth 80.000 euros - is used by students of the Porsche Vocational Training Center in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to practice repairs and modifications and to learn every detail about the Porsche cars hands-on.

The Dual Training Delegation from the Philippines was the first international delegation to visit the Porsche Training Center, which was founded last year for 30 million euros.


GPCCI and K-12 Plus Study Tour at the BIBB Roundtable

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) host a Roundtable Event which was opened by Hans Gerard of Reh Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) and Deputy Head of IMOVE(International Marketing of Vocational Education). Topics included was an introduction to the Philippine Education Market of German Training Providers. A discussion on International Cooperation and Advisory Services/German Office for International Cooperation in VET was facilitated by D. Hannelore Kress of the BIBB. The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is recognized as a center of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany. K-12 Plus and HRDF's Policy and Advocacy Officer shared the ongoing partnership with BIBB on a Cost Benefit Study ongoing in the Philippines. The initial findings and progess of the study were discussed. This study is in line with the Institute's mandated tasks which include conducting research on vocational education and training, developing vocational education and training, serving in an advisory capacity and providing services. Lastly, iMOVE was presented at the roundatble to discuss the Training: Made in Germany and also the presentation of German Providers led by Mr. Reh, Ms. Julia Bauer, Stefanie Gantner and Carina Schumacher of TUV Rheinland with Tarek Abulzahab of Sequa. IMOVE Philippines serves to establish networks between German and Philippine business and enables first-hand information exchange. For more informaiton you may visit their website at : www.bibb.de and www.imove-germany.de. For more photos of the event please visit our facebook page by clicking here. 

Day 1 of the October Germany Study Tour

First stop of the GPCCI and K-12 Plus Project Study Tour was a visit by the Phiilppine Delegation to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) Welcome remarks from the Chamber Headquarters and Ms. Nadine Fund Head of South and Southeast Asia, Pacific International Market, was given. Here, the roles of the chambers in Germany was discussed. Where the DIHK is the central organization for 80 Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CCI (Industrie- und Handelskammern, IHKs). DIHK speaks for more than three million entrepreneurs but it does not represent any specific corporate group but all commercial enterprises in Germany. Ms. Eva Puchala, GPCCI Representative and Mr. Gabriel Bautista, Second Secretary and Consul of the Embassy of the Philippines to Germany was also present in the round-table discussion at DIHK. For more info visit their website at http://www.dihk.de/en.

In the afternoon, the delegates went to the Chamber of Crafts (ZDH). There was a discission on the tasks of the chamber of crafts and their role on the K-12 Project in the Philippines by Mr. Michael Olma, Commercial Promotion; Foreign TradeShort Information and Mr. Michael Kleinbub of EZ-Scout. The purpose of the ZDH is to reach a consensus on all major issues in crafts policy. It represents the overall interests of the skilled crafts sector vis-à-vis the Bundestag, the Federal Government and other central authorities, the European Union and international organizations. Visit their site for more info at http://www.zdh.de/en/the-zdh.html. For more photos, please click here for our facebook page.