K - 12 Plus News

Best practices in dual training MINI CRITIQUE By Isagani Cruz

Last Thursday at Marriott Hotel, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) handed out the 2015 Vocational Training Awards as part of the K to 12 Plus Project. The awards, categorized into Motivation, Cooperation, and Innovation, reward companies and schools doing dual training.

The board of judges was composed of Tristan Loveres of GPCCI, Marta Hernandez of TESDA, Ramon Escueta of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Apolinar Aure of PCCI, Concisa Sudhoff of CS Garment, and Marjorie Mendenilla of the MFI Foundation.

The winner for Motivation was Punlaan School, which has been implementing a Dual Training Program in Food and Beverage Services since 1993, producing more than a thousand graduates, all of whom underwent 12 months of in-school training and 12 months on the job in partner hotels and restaurants. All their graduates were employed immediately after graduation.

The winner for Cooperation was the National Science of College and Technology (NCST), whose Learn, Earn, and Achieve Program (LEAP) “makes use of the Dual Training System as a training platform for more than 24,000 trainees and over 40 industry partners.” NCST students spend three months in school and 12 months in companies.

The co-winner for Innovation was Porsche AG, whose Porsche Training and Recruitment Center (PTRCA) uses “a competency-oriented curriculum with practical work in selected training facilities, adapted to the needs of latest and future technologies in the form of general and brand-specific elements. Each year 165 Filipinos enter PTRCA,” each of whom is guaranteed employment in the Porsche centers around the world. Trainees spend 10 months at Don Bosco Technical Institute, six months at the PTRCA, and three months at PGA Cards.

The other co-winner for Innovation was the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE), which offers an Industrial Technician Program (ITP), “a three-year post-secondary course which has produced more than 2,000 well-trained, middle-level manpower students for industry and entrepreneurial work.” Students spend 15 months in school and 15 months in plants.

PHL Delegation Observes Germany’s Dual Education System to integrate with K-12

The delegation visited the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Bonn. Ambassador Melita Thomeczek with the Institute’s Deputy President Reinhold Weiß, (front, 4th from right) joined the group.

Berlin. A twenty-person delegation from the Philippines recently crisscrossed Germany to get an in depth look at Germany’s dual education system and to learn which elements of the German model could be successfully incorporated into the Philippine setting. The group visited Frankfurt, Berlin, Bonn and Stuttgart from 12 to 16 October 2015.

Tobias Bolle, Project Director of Dual Training at the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), helped organize the Philippine delegation with representatives from the Department of Education, TESDA, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and its local chapters as well as private PHL companies such as TÜV Rheinland Philippines, BAG Electronics and CS Garments Inc..

The study tour was part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funded K-12 Plus Project, which is creating pilot models for the vocational education and training track at PHL senior high school levels.

Tobias emphasized that “strong cooperation among private companies, schools and chambers is essential in the dual training system in Germany; this is precisely what we want to recreate in the Philippines - through the K-12 Project. The site visits enabled the delegates to learn more and to get a deeper understanding of how this system works and how it can be translated and implemented in their country through their respective institutions.”

The study tour included visits to the Chamber of Commerce Headquarters (DIHK) and Chambers of Crafts (ZDH, HWK), Don Bosco Mondo and the Federal Institute for Vocational Training and Education (BIBB) and Porsche.

Ambassador Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, who welcomed and joined the delegation in Bonn, was glad that the major PHL stakeholders of the program: the PCCI, DepEd, and TESDA were represented in the study tour. She emphasized that it was important for all three, especially the business sector, to make the system work and to take advantage of the support of Germany on the matter. “It will be an all-win situation for all and a major goal will be met : we would have a skilled and marketable workforce and we can find the right job-fit for our youth.”

She noted that German companies operating in the Philippines have been role models of the dual-tech training system. She hoped that these companies “will continue to strongly demonstrate the system on local industry in the Philippines. German companies like Continental Temic, BAG Electronics, and CS Garments are proving that significantly investing in on-the-job-training and apprenticeships for highschool students will benefit companies. You will have students who will develop an aptitude for a work sector and thereafter be more productive, ambitious, and loyal to companies.”

iMOVE Roundtable Philippines

On October 14, 2015, iMOVE took roundtable Philippines held in Bonn.German providers of vocational training discussed current developments in education with representatives of the Philippine delegation.The Philippine Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Melita S. Sta.Maria-Thomeczek, accompanied the delegation to the iMOVEroundtable.Occasion of the delegation trip to Germany was the "K to 12 PLUS"project of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project K to 12  PLUS, the BMZ supports the educational reforms of the Philippines. The 18 participants of the delegation came from different Filipino organizations that are involved in the education reform in their country. In addition, several large German-Philippine companies were represented. The organizations from the Philippines in detail 

  • German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI)
  • K to 12 PLUS Project team
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
  • Department of Education (DepEd)
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

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K-12 Plus Begins Skills Mapping Project

K-12 Plus' Short Term Expert, Ms. Kath Marnane, arrived in October to conduct various Skills Mapping Interview. Interviews in Bohol and Batangas have been completed. Last Thursday, Oct 15, 2015, Ms. Mamane presented a draft of her report on Good Practice on Industry Skills Councils and approaches to local level skills mapping at TESDA.


America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree

The Atlantic 

Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.


Two years ago, my nephew was set to graduate from Maryland’s Towson University with a degree in political science. After six long years, both he and his parents were ready to breathe a sigh of relief—he had made it to the finish line. He had never been excited about school, and his parents had worried about his lack of enthusiasm, wishing he could be engaged in something that ignited his curiosity and provided him more of a motivation to focus, something more hands-on and practical. But they also knew that without a bachelor’s degree, my nephew’s ability to move into a rewarding career, earn a middle-class salary, and enjoy some economic security would be very limited. And they worried that if he didn’t complete that degree before he turned 25, he likely never would (a reasonable concern, given national statistics on college completion). Determined to launch him into adulthood with the strongest possible foundation they could, they persuaded him to go to college and crossed their fingers.

They knew their son well. In fact, he was not burning the midnight oil in the library. As graduation day approached, all three of them were greeted with an unwelcome reminder of his distracted approach to school; my nephew could not march that spring because he was still three credits shy of the requirement. Holding up their son’s transcript, his adviser pointed out that he had taken the same economics course twice—one year apart. My nephew hadn’t noticed. When his exasperated parents demanded an explanation, all he could offer up was that the class had been taught by a different professor, and held in a different room. He got a B both times around.

Another nephew of mine, Jeffrey, faced a similar dilemma, but took a different route. Although bright and curious, Jeffery had little interest in academics and could not wait to leave high school behind him—not because he lacked ambition or big dreams, but because he was far too restless to sit around for another four years. Jeffrey knew that he was not likely to succeed in traditional college. So after high school, he pursued his passion for cooking and enrolled in an apprenticeship program in culinary arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was there for three years, during which time he spent one day a week in the classroom and four days in an Italian restaurant that sponsored him as an apprentice, working directly under the mentorship of the head chef and earning money along the way. The program was highly structured, hands-on, and designed to teach specific skills—menu planning, portions and measurements, cost control, customer service, basic nutrition, sauces, and so on. At the age of twenty-two, he graduated with the status of “journeyman cook” and a formal certificate of completion.

Following his dream, Jeffrey promptly moved to New York, pounding the pavement of lower Manhattan, resume and recommendations from his mentors in hand. In short order, he landed a job as a line chef at Laconda Verde, an Italian restaurant owned by Robert De Niro. Two years later he moved to Del Posto, a Michelin-starred restaurant run by the celebrity chef Mario Batali. He continued developing his culinary skills, while also learning about the restaurant business and nurturing newfound interests in Italian history, wild foods, organic farming, and urban living. It was a bold move for a young man from suburban Milwaukee, the kind of move that expands horizons and builds an understanding of how the world works. That’s certainly a lot better than dropping out of college, the most likely outcome had he gone the more traditional route.