Bayan Academy has been a partner of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the implementation of various technical skills training. Since 2009, the partnership has produced 5,138 graduates. It was successful in equipping disadvantaged youth and adults with the appropriate skills necessary to acquire a job.
In the course of developing its fourth National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP), several challenges were identified. The findings from workshops held showed that 1) there is a mismatch between what skills are demanded by industry and what skills are being supplied by technical-vocational education and training (TVET) institutions; 2) fast technological advancements brought about by the fourth industrial revolution will continue to influence how industries operate and it will continue to define what new skills are needed; and 3) economic growth is not being felt by certain sectors of society.
Given this findings, TESDA proceeded with crafting its NTESDP for 2017 to 2022 in consultation with Dr. Eduardo A. Morato, Jr., Chairman and President of Bayan Academy. The plan seeks to bolster the TVET sector to attain two major strategic directions: 1) Global Competitiveness and Workforce Readiness; and 2) Social Equity for Workforce Inclusion and Poverty Reduction.
The project seeks to assist TESDA in forging action programs for the eight priority NTESDP industries by facilitating a series of workshops and seminars involving TESDA and the industry associations to ensure that the needed reforms will translate to industry ready policies and regulations. The enterprise-based training method will be pushed to realize a demand-led approach to equipping the workforce. Consultations with other government agencies will be conducted as well to bring forth actions that support and promote inclusivity and social equity. Related to action programming, the project intends to accomplish an organizational development plan for TESDA that aims to create the optimal organization that will operationalize the reforms.
Since the influence of ICT cuts across industries, Bayan Academy intends to focus on reinforcing ICT based TVET curriculum.
The overall goal of the project is to work with TESDA in building and strengthening its role as the TVET authority in the country.