PCCI taps German gov’t funding, expertise for K to 12 ‘dual training’ system

Posted on September 16, 2015

THE GERMAN government will provide 7 million in financial assistance to help train Filipino high school students for industries where they are most needed.

The dual training scheme targets youth aged 16 to 18. -- BW File Photo
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) for the K to 12 project, said Alberto P. Fenix, Jr., president of the PCCI Human Resources Development Foundation.

The program will be carried out through a “dual training mode,” where the school education of youth aged 16 to 18 will be complemented by on-the-job training with partner companies.

“They will be selected in identified priority sectors where we need workers like hospitality or tourism, construction, agriculture, IT (information technology) and BPO (business process outsourcing),” Mr. Fenix said in a telephone interview yesterday.

In his speech during the MoA signing at the PCCI headquarters in Taguig City, PCCI President Alfredo M. Yao said the Philippines faces a “crisis in youth employment.”

“Technical vocational education and training is a key to train our youth and prepare them to be productive for the world of work,” he said.

“In order to keep up with technological change in global value chains, businesses need to invest across the entire system that build work force skills.”

GPCCI will contribute its experience with the dual education system in Germany, assisted by PCCI’s member companies.

“The first phase will be finished in 2016, but we hope and expect that there will be more funding from the German government,” Mr. Fenix said. -- Daphne J. Magturo