08 June 2012
Secretary Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has spelled out details of the assessment and certification of 34,007 trainers in the country to improve teaching quality in technical vocational education and training (TVET).
Villanueva said TESDA aims to convert its trainers and assessors into holders of the National TVET Tainers Certificate (NTTC) as the new standard for those who will teach technical vocational courses.
This is in line with the TESDA Board promulgated Training Regulations on Trainers Methodology 1 and Trainers Methodology II.
"The adage goes that we reap what we sow. Enhancing our present pool of trainers gives the students the best opportunity to learn and will help guarantee that we will produce quality graduates," Villanueva said.
Of the 34,007 TESDA trainers nationwide, a total of 17,803 have received the NTTC, while the balance of 16,204 trainers will still have to undergo the requirements.
TESDA has extended the application period until September 30 this year for trainers to apply for conversion of their Assessor Qualification/Trainer Qualification (AQ/TQ) certification issued in the past by the agency.
The trainers can go to the nearest TESDA provincial or district office to submit their application and documentary requirements.
The bulk of the trainers are from the National Capital Region (5,222), Region IV-A (3,291), and Region XI (2,236).
In requiring TESDA trainers to get the NTTC, Villanueva said they are raising the bar of qualification in the areas of technology and methodology for quality assurance.
The competency assessment is embodied in the Philippine TVET Trainers Qualification Systems (PTTQS) that provides for the recognition of the competence of TVET trainers at different roles and qualification levels.
"More and more, TESDA education is becoming more relevant to a number of industry sectors such as the information technology-business process outsourcing industry, tourism, construction among others who source their manpower from our graduates. The upgrade of our trainers just complements the enhancing we are doing on our courses and available infrastructure," he said.
Applicants for NTTC will go through a panel of experts who will conduct the interview, evaluate the trainers' demonstration of teaching skills, and assess their portfolio consisting of sample learning materials and teaching techniques.
The certificate to be issued for qualified applicants is valid for five years. The assessment fee of P700 will be shouldered by TESDA from its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) fund.