The Federal Technical and Vocational Education and Training Agency (FTVETA), an autonomous federal government organization, established to create a competent, motivated, and an adaptable, innovative workforce that is able to carry out technology accumulation and transfer in promoting economic growth and development in Ethiopia, visited CPSC on October 22, 2015.
Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Officer-in-Charge led the warm welcome for the Ethiopian delegation. In his welcome remarks during the program prepared for the guests, he said that CPSC greatly appreciates that the coordinator of the Philippines for FTVETA chose CPSC to benchmark with; this signifies confidence in the capabilities of CPSC. He introduced the College to the guests, its achievements, programs, initiatives, projects and activities. He particularly highlighted the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), its benefits and countries where institutions had been accredited.
On the other hand, the FTVETA delegation was led by Mr. Abebaw Meamer, Team Leader, Occupational Standards Department, Occupational Standards and Certification Directorate. In his response to the welcome remarks of the OIC, he informed everybody that their mission is to benchmark the way CPSC does in the delivery of its training, how it establishes collaborations and linkages and how through CPSC, TVET contributes to the economy of its stakeholders. He also expressed his thanks to the very warm welcome and hospitality of the College.
The guests who are all Senior Experts of the agency, showed keen interest in the activities of the College as each of them took turns in asking questions. Most questions focused on the activities, benefits, and the regional stature of APACC, while others inquired about other pertinent information such as curriculum and mode of training delivery, CPSC's structure and pool of experts and access to its courses and activities.
FTVETA guests were composed of Mr. Ashenafi Kebede, Mr. Ashenafi Gmeskel, Mr. Zerihun Mekonnen, Mr. Yetayew Delil, Mr. Amlaku Alebachew, Mr. Sofonias Zeleke, Mr. Tesfaye Alemneh, Ms. Shewaye Sewnet, and Mr. Zekarias Kamil. The visit was coordinated by Ms. Marjorie Mendenilla, Coordinator for the Philippines, who was represented by Ms. Reggie Amores and by Dr. Ricardo J. Mejia, Consultant, Outcomes Based Training, Ethiopia, a Filipino National, who formerly worked with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Dr. Mejia shared his happiness coming back to CPSC after many years. He further encouraged FTVETA to take the opportunity being offered by CPSC in further enhancing Ethiopia's TVET through accreditation by APACC. The visit had been a fruitful one and proved to be a good beginning for a mutually beneficial partnership and linkage.