August 21-25, 2023
Colombo Plan Staff College, Pasig City, Philippines
Open Registration Program
Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC)
TVET trainers, Student Project Supervisors, Lecturers, Teachers

(for 4 hrs/day for 5 days)


A quality TVET graduate is described as someone who not only has excellent knowledge and skills in his/her area of expertise, but also has good interpersonal skills which would enable the person to collaborate with industry players and community (Noreen, 2016). In a fast-changing employment landscape with the onset of Industrial Revolution 4, graduates need to be well -prepared to take up the challenges presented fluidly. Graduates need to adapt their skills and competencies to be better equipped to face the uncertain future.

A teaching approach that initiates 21st Century skills-building will definitely provide a head start for any TVET graduates. Thus, Design Thinking (DT) is the way forward for the future TVET graduates in order to develop graduates’ collaborative, creativity, problem-solving and empathy skills, to name a few.

DT is generally defined as a creative and analytical process whereby an individual is given an opportunity to create, to try and produce prototype models, and to produce feedbacks and iterate based on the given feedback. (R. Razzouk and V. Shute, 2012.). DT provides a robust and adaptive approach for directing individuals and influencing their creativity in dealing with practical problems. To ensure that trainers, student project supervisors, lecturers and teachers are able to practice DT effectively, they need to be conditioned to have an appropriate DT mindset to carry it out with their respective students. DT is currently accepted in the industry, and gaining tremendous interest in the education field. (W. Brenner, F. Uebernickel, and T. Abrell, 2016).

Hence, through this course, it is hoped that trainers, student project supervisors, lecturers and teachers’ competencies and knowledge are built effectively, which in return would assist in developing and equipping TVET graduates to be a force in their workplaces.


At the end of the program, the participants will be able to:

  • Be exposed to the 5-step process of Design Thinking;
  • Experience carrying out the 5-steps of Design Thinking;
  • Gain knowledge, skills and competencies to develop creative and innovative student projects;
  • Be more adaptive in solving real world issues; and
  • Be equipped with skills to communicate and cooperate effectively.

Expected Outcomes and Outputs

The program focuses on the 5 steps of a Design Thinking process. By participating in this program, participants will be exposed to a creative problem-solving strategy to address issues/ challenges that are prevalent in their institutions, communities or industries. Participants will acquire tools, resources and skills to work in teams to understand target user needs, generate innovative ideas, and create plausible solutions. The outcome of this program can be adapted to different contexts and situations.

Expected Outputs:

  1. Participants identify a challenge/issue by interviewing respondents/ target users
  2. Participants use 5 step- Design Thinking process to solve the challenge /issue
  3. Participants produce a prototype or solution by working in teams
  4. Participants present their prototype in a pitching session

Instructional Strategies

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Group and/or individual tasks
  • Workshops and exercises
  • Role playing and presentations
  • Experience Sharing
  • Use of OnCOURSE Learning Management System
  • Study Visits

Training Fee

Category Amount US$ Amount Php Inclusions
A 400 22,000
  • Training materials
  • Lunch and AM/PM snacks for 5 days
B 600 33,000
  • Training materials
  • Single Occupancy Accommodation at the CPSC hostel for 6 nights
  • All meals for 5 days
C 500 27,500
  • Training materials
  • Double Occupancy Accommodation at the CPSC hostel for 6 nights
  • All meals for 5 days

Note: Accommodation includes free wifi in all rooms and common areas, air conditioner, hot/cold shower, and welcome fruits and drinks.
*Transportation fully provided for all program-related trips; inclusive of study visits and airport transfers;
*All other components not part of given categories shall be arranged by the participants

Registration, and Other Important Information

Registration is on a first come first served basis. A letter of confirmation will be sent once the minimum ten (10) participants is met on or before July 31, 2023 Please note that a full-payment is necessary to confirm your attendance to the program.

If there is insufficient number of participants, CPSC reserves the right to reschedule the training. If there is schedule conflict after movement of dates or force majeure, CPSC will reimburse the total amount received from the participant. Should the participant wish to withdraw from a confirmed program, the payment may be used to attend other programs advertised via CPSC website or 50% of the total amount may be reimbursed. Bank charges must be shouldered by the registrants.

If any organization would like to conduct this program solely for their group, CPSC may prepare a customized program proposal, with some cost adjustment.

Payments may be done through bank transfer:

PAYEE: Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education
PESO BANK ACCOUNT NO. (PHP): 123470004678
BANK NAME: Philippine National Bank
BANK ADDRESS: G/F Westar Bldg., 611 Shaw Blvd., Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Contact Details

For more information, please contact the:

Projects and Consultancy Division
Colombo Plan Staff College
Bldg. C, Department of Education Complex, Meralco Avenue,
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel No (Trunkline): (+63-2) 8631-0991, 93 to 95
Tel No (Direct Line): (+63-2) 8631-0996
E-mail: [email protected]