The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) welcomes to its fold a new honorary member institution, namely, Technical Vocational Schools Association of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL) as approved by the CPSC Governing Board during its 99th session on June 25, 2015.
TEVSAPHIL is an association of education and training private institutions which offers programs under the governance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Philippines and of individual private institutions offering technical vocational education and training programs. It was established to respond to the need for a national organization to represent the private technical vocational education and training (TVET) sector in coordination and cooperation with the government, in order to better serve the needs of stakeholders like institutional heads and employers.
TEVSAPHIL works closely with both TESDA and the industry employers to design and implement programs that prepare manpower at a quantity, of a quality, at a time and place required by stakeholders. The association intends to address issues on skills and labor mismatch; transitioning to the K-12 system; international quality standards; bridging education employment gaps; best practices and social development endeavors such as climate change, digital literacy, etc.
CPSC's new honorary member conducts annual projects such as technical education and skills congress; research and study activities and collaborative activities and international linkages which include benchmarking, educational visits, initiation of discourse among many others. Currently, it has tie up activities with Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam. These collaborative activities have resulted in the marked increase in the employment rate of graduates of TVET institutions.
CPSC-TEVSAPHIL's partnership started during CPSC's attendance to a TEVSAPHIL-TESDA-organized 2nd National Technical Vocational Education and Training (TechVoc) Congress on October 29, 2013 held in the Philippines. Further collaborative activities ensued since the said event which included CPSC's engagement of some program offerings by the Community Health, Education, Emergency Responsive Services (CHEERS), a TEVSAPHIL member. The programs called as In Case of Emergency (ICE) and Workplace Innovation on Safety and Health (WISH) were conducted for one of the CPSC's Customized Programs held in 2014.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) then formally signified ties between CPSC and TEVSAPHIL held on October 3, 2014. Marking the first collaborative venture based on the said MOA, CPSC and TEVSAPHIL successfully conducted the 3rd National Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Congress and International Conference on October 17, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao, Philippines.
TEVSAPHIL envisions to be the innovator capability builder, clearing house and voice of Philippine private Technical vocational institutions for global competitiveness.