German business chamber urges PHL to adopt vocational curriculum

MANILA, (PNA) – The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Philippines to adopt the dual Vocational Education Training program to further sustain the booming economy of the country.

GPCCI President Gunter Matschuck said the Philippines should have a solid workforce through training students on-site and not only on theoretical basis, citing academic curriculum.

Thus, the government of Germany has funded the GPCCI to implement VET program in the country to provide industry training to Filipino students.

The VET program accredits local academic institutions to provide the program to interested students.

In VET program, students learning will be based more on industry experiences as more time will be spent in training inside the company than in school.

GPCCI General Manager Nadine Fund explained that under the VET program three to four days a week will be spent in training while only one to two days weekly will be spent in schools.

Fund noted that from the experience of Germany, giving an actual training for students has made the country’s workforce more effective and efficient.

The German chamber in the Philippines is still in the three year-project planning for VET which will be offered in Manila and Cebu.

To date, the business group has already partnered with local colleges such as Don Bosco College, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna, Laguna College of Business and Arts, and Mapua Institute of Technology.

The German companies which are members of GPCCI have also supported the VET program to be implemented in the country by 2014.

GPCCI was given by the German government three million euro for the project plan of VET program.