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Skills upgrade for PH grads set up by Germans

by FFE PH News staff

As German firms expand their operations in the Philippines, the German government is anticipating the need to tap into a pool of skilled youth. To do this, a vocational programme is set to be introduced to improve graduates’ workplace competency.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development has given the German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) the task of implementing its dual vocational education training (VET) programme to improve the technical skills of graduating Filipino students. The aim is for these graduates to meet the additional manpower requirements of German firms in the country.

GPCCI general manager Nadine Fund said that “The growing economy leads to a higher demand of a skilled work force, which was recently addressed by the Philippine government with the K to 12 reform [that includes] vocational-oriented education. But this will not be enough to tackle the lack of skills of the higher education graduates.”

Introducing VET is one of the solutions, she added. GPCCI will implement the three-year programme starting 2014.

So far, German firm Continental Temic Electronics has implemented the programme as it partnered with Mapua Institute of Technology. Through the VET, the company is ensured a supply of engineers as it expands its operations in the Philippines.

Fund said that VET has been seen as “Germany’s latest export hit” and other EU countries are following its example. The Philippines was picked by the German government in a shortlist that included Thailand, Mexico and Peru.

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