The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched on Thursday, December 7, the National TVET Training Academy (NTTA) while other organizations signed the memorandum of understanding on trainers development during simple ceremonies held in Marikina City.

Secretary Guiling "Gene" A. Mamondiong led the events held at the Academy’s Ylagan Hall and joined by Hon. Marcelino R. Teodoro, Mayor of Marikina City and Hon. Bayani F. Fernando, Congressman 1st District, Marikina City.

The NTTA is the unit of TESDA tasked with the special function of providing trainers development program in response to the demand for quality trainers who will manage and implement the TVET system in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Trainer Development Program is a response to the demand for quality trainers who will manage and implement the TVET system in the Philippines.

Mamondiong said that the program will address the need to upgrade the institutional or organizational competencies of TVIs as measured by EAS TVET QAF, Star Rating and APACC and enhance the competencies of Administrators, Supervisors, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff based on the Competency Standards defined by the HRMD-AS of TESDA and the PTTQF TM Level I – IV. 

As defined in this program, the trainers comprised of administrators, supervisors and teaching personnel who are handling the classroom or workshops. This program will be provided as an in-service training supplementary to the Philippine TVET Trainers Qualifications Framework.

The training programs to be implemented are categorized as executive, supervisory, and teaching personnel development programs.

Groups that signed the MUO with TESDA were the Colombo Plan Staff College, International Labor Organization, and Daikin Airconditioning Philippines.

Other TESDA officials in the events were Rosanna A. Urdaneta, Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning; and Executive Director Elmer K. Talavera.

The NTTA has its beginning in 1982 when the National Center for Technical Education and Staff Development (NCTESD) was created as a component of the Technical Education Project of the Philippines (TVEP) and as a semi-autonomous unit of Marikina Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), now Marikina Polytechnic College, under the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.