22 October 2012
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has unveiled a partnership with a Middle East-based training institute to upgrade the skills of Filipinos welders.
The Middle East Industrial Training Institute (MEITI) would provide the training equipment worth P20 million in addition to sharing its curriculum and trainers. It would also assist in the job deployment of graduates.
MEITI would likewise help in the assessment and certification of graduates using the standard of the American Welding Society (AWS), a requirement for a welder to work in the Middle East.
“International training institutes are betting big on the Filipino skilled workers,” Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said after signing the memorandum of agreement with MEITI last October 19.
TESDA’s Regional Training Center in Buhisan, Tibungco in Davao City will serve as the venue for the training.
Villanueva said Filipinos, who plan to work abroad, and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who wish to upgrade their skills with AWS credentials, would be granted training scholarship and employment by the MEITI on project basis.
The scholars may undergo training courses in welding, pipefitting and industrial application.
“The partnership with MEITI opens up avenue to achieve the AWS training, assessment and certification for the world labor market in the fields of metal and engineering,” Villanueva said.
“This gives our graduates an almost sure entry to the companies they want to work for,” he added.
According to its website, MEITI is a multifaceted establishment with business address at P.O. Box 33229, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was founded in 2002 to excel knowledgeable Training and Certification of local and International students primarily in Nondestructive Testing and Welding Sector in various industries throughout the Middle East.
Before end of 2006, the Institute has been audited by American Welding Society and eventually acquired the Accreditation as one of the Authorize Facility for Testing and Certification of Welders, Inspectors, Supervisors and Engineers.