June 10, 2021

TESDA and Cebu contractors join together to develop a competitive workforce

The Cebu contractors and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have teamed together to produce internationally competitive construction employees.

On Thursday, TESDA Director General Isidro Lapea came to this city to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cebu Contractors Association for the formation of a Central Visayas industry board.

In his address, Lapea said, “The development of an industrial board in every area is crucial because it would stimulate engagement of our private sector partners in strengthening many elements of technical vocational education and training, or TVET, in the nation.”

TESDA has stepped up its efforts “to develop ties with industry and important stakeholders so that they may be our partners in building internationally competitive middle-level human resources,” he added.

He went on to say that the program is a method of verifying that TESDA’s activities are in line with the end-goals, user’s and that the skills the agency has been offering are responsive to the industries’ needs and expectations.

According to Lapea, the agency’s partnership with contractors will open up a lot of doors because the newly formed industry board will act as a conduit for existing industries in terms of designing and implementing projects, programs, and activities for technical and vocational education and training students.

“We will work with professionals in the construction industry to build and assess our training programs on a regular basis to guarantee that what we teach at TESDA meets worldwide standards,” Lapea said.

He said the skills education agency would collaborate with the board to devise a variety of approaches to encourage more people to participate in enterprise-based training programs.

“The need for new employment prospects among our kababayans (countrymen) is more than enough cause for us to work closely together to assist them survive and recover from the pandemic’s impact,” he said.

Engineer Francis Gerard “Jigger” Caedo, who led the Cebu Contractors Association in cooperating with TESDA to produce globally competitive skilled employees for local and foreign construction projects, was praised by Lapea.

According to him, the board, which is actively involved with construction sector participants, would assist resolve the country’s job-skills mismatch.

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