To address the challenges posed by automation, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is planning to launch its five-year national technical education and skills development plan (NTESDP) before the year ends. The NTESDP is the agency’s response to the challenges created by the fourth industrial revolution or ‘Industry 4.0’, said TESDA Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta. Speaking at the 4th High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asia-Technical Vocational Education Training held last month in the Philippines, Urdaneta said that NTESDP was crafted to lead towards sustainable growth, and to help develop work-ready and globally competitive workers. TESDA will use enterprise-based training as a dominant mode of training, and will also accelerate the establishment of industry guides. Urdaneta said among its funding priorities in the country are the construction, tourism, IT, and business process outsourcing industries.
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