The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is seeking ways to boost its partnership with different industries in the Negros Occidental province of the Philippines. It recently held a forum with industry partners from various sectors on the implementing guidelines for the development of institutional arrangements with industry boards or associations. Gaspar Gayona, Tesda’s Western Visayas regional director, said the guidelines seek to identify industry boards or industry associations as partners in the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs or services.
The guidelines are also aimed at encouraging the direct participation of employers and workers in the design and implementation of programs related to technical education and skills development that will produce a 21st century skilled workforce. Participating industries included those in the IT-BPM, agriculture, tourism, construction, automotive and land transportation, metals and engineering, health and social sectors.