By Dhel Nazario
At least 700 representatives from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers, Industry Associations, and other stakeholders were welcomed by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) top officer in this year’s 3rd National Quality TVET Forum themed “Driving Quality Assurance in TVET in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
The 4IR, characterized by the emergence of various smart technologies and digital disruption, impacts industries, and services such that it demands innovations from Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and the integration of 21st-century skills in TESDA Training Regulations (TRs).
The forum aims to address challenges in managing quality TVET amidst the onset of the said era (4IR), as well as its impacts on skills needs and future job profiles according to TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña.
Divided into two sessions, experts shared their insights on talks such as Quality Assurance for TVET in the 4IR, Industry Required STEM Skills in the 4IR, Skills to Survive in the Information Age, TVET in the Age of Digital Economy and 21st Century Skills for the TVET Learner.
Participants also witnessed the TESDA System for TVET Accreditation and Recognition (STAR) Awards to 131 programs of 53 TVIs.
The STAR Program recognizes TVET programs that have exceeded the minimum requirements of program registration set by TESDA.
It utilizes four major objective and evidence-based criteria, namely: Governance and Management, Curriculum Development, Support Services, and Program Performance Measures, which are translated into value points that will correspond to the STAR Level Award of the program.
Among the 131 awardees, 100 received 1 STAR Level rating and were recognized as Centers of Technical Development. Meanwhile, 31 TVIs received 2 STAR Level rating and was recognized as Centers of Technical Proficiency.