TESDA trainers update automotive knowledge in Toyota

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in partnership with Toyota Motors Philippines, envisions to produce a highly skilled workforce in the automotive industry by upgrading the know-how of the government agency’s trainers.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the partnership with Toyota for the immersion program is aimed to update the agency’s trainers on trends and practices as well as emerging technologies in the automotive industry.

Villanueva said the 12 selected participants in last month’s Automotive Trainers for Industry Immersion are expected to pass on their upgraded skills to TESDA trainees in automotive servicing.

“This will keep the trainers ahead in the industry,” he pointed out, adding that the trainers would help upgrade the TESDA training curricula and the competency-based learning modules,” he said as he added that the quality of technical vocational graduates rests heavily on the relevance of the training programs and the kind of training they imbibe from the people at the frontline.

Villanueva also pointed out that the upgraded skills of the trainers would result in a multiplier effect  as they would be sharing or transferring their updated know-how with their colleagues and eventually cascade to the technical-vocational students.

Last October 20 to 30, the 12 trainers underwent immersion at the Toyota administrative and service center compound in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The trainers’ training under Toyota’s most revered instructors focused on the company’s computer control system and electronic-controlled transmission.

Villanueva said  the trainers play a crucial and pivotal role in developing quality workers in the automotive sector to meet the industry’s requirements.

Acknowledging Toyota’s vital role in the program, the TESDA chief said, “It’s a win-win situation actually since the company benefited from the program as the trainers served as workforce during the immersion. The knowledge from the academe is shared with their company counterparts and on the side of the industry trainers, a sense of fulfillment that they were able to share their experience.”

Villanueva likewise expressed hope that TESDA’s partnership with Toyota will continue to address the country’s need for highly skilled automotive technicians and generate more jobs in the industry.