In another testament of cooperation between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), a delegation of Sri Lankan TVET professionals were warmly received for the Customized Program on Leadership, Management and TVET-Industry Linkages scheduled from October 27 to November 7, 2014.
Twenty one (21) district managers, administrators and training officers affiliated to the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), led by the Director General, Engr. (Mrs.) Pradeepa Udakara, will be trained by the CPSC Professional Staff for 12 days in a variety of capacity-building immersions, tasks, exercises and study tours. The training aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of apprenticeship and industrial training programs in NAITA. The program also addresses the need for staff officers of NAITA to demonstrate high level management and leadership competence to be able to carry forward NAITA’s mandate and provide better if not the best services to its clientele. Furthermore, the need to maintain a good relationship and strengthened linkages with industries and other stakeholders’ community that are considered as essential factors in the successful implementation of NAITA’s programs is set to be realized in the program.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General welcomed all the participants, and conveyed his elation that it is the sixteenth Customized program already for Sri Lanka since the first customized program in 2000. He said that such patronage by the member country affirms the quality of program content and service delivery CPSC renders in every particular training for its stakeholders. He added that, in this, CPSC assures consistent and even better provision of capacity building efforts and assistance to its member countries. The Minister of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, Mrs. H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijeratne Mendis graced the opening ceremonies of the program. In her special message, she shared her gratification for the fruitful cooperation between her country and CPSC. She also cited the economic and education policy of the current government of Sri Lanka which is to push for a more inclusive and effective system that would bring lasting prosperity and development to the country, wherein the ongoing program of CPSC for NAITA will be beneficial.
The program will revolve in two phases. The first phase will tackle principles and applications of management and leadership in organizations. Topics covered will include: (1) Management and Leadership Concepts and its Applications in Organizations, (2) Talent Management: A Strategic Approach, (3) Evolution and Key Concepts of Total Quality Management, (4) Overview of the APACC Accreditation System, (5) Practices of ICT for Organizational Management , (6) Current Status and Challenges in Implementing Educational Management Information System (EMIS) in TVET Systems and lastly, (7) Teamwork Building for Enhanced Productivity and Competitiveness. The programs are designed to further hone the leadership and management expertise of the participants as contents are suited into the international standards and practice.
The second phase will focus on strengthening TVET – Industry Linkages and will include the following themes: (1) Institute-Industry Linkages in the Perspective of Dynamic Workplace, (2) International Practices for Public-Private Partnership in TVET and (3) Development of Action Plan for TVET-Industry Linkages and the related M&E Framework. The modules aim to instill the importance of establishing and preserving the linkages of TVET schools to industry partners for the benefit of the student's educational and professional advancement.
Aside from the conventional teaching techniques such as face-to-face lectures, the participants will be exposed to web-based teaching and learning systems (such as the OnCourse) and a hands-on experience in using computer applications to present their tasks and projects.
Overall supervision is being provided by Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General while the program coordination is handled by Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Chairman of the Training and Development Division (TDD). Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria, CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant and Dr. Govindaran Kulanthaivel, CPSC Seconded Faculty Consultant also share their expertise to the participants who act as Resource Persons.
The program will also involve visits to several TVET and higher learning institutions such as the Toyota Motors Foundation Philippines in Santa Rosa, Laguna province; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig City, Metro Manila and the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City, Metro Manila. Furthermore, cultural and tourism visits to some of the beautiful areas of Manila, as well as a visit to the famous Villa Escudero which is aimed to showcase the beauty of the CPSC host country to the guests.