Vocational training

Improving technical and professional training through research

Rokiah Mahmoud

Participants in a research capacity building program in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector were encouraged to use their new skills to improve curricula so that they are relevant for the fourth revolution industrial (IR4.0).

At the end of the five-day online program on Tuesday, the Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and member of the Board of Directors of SEAMEO Voctech of the Philippines, Secretary Isidro Samson Lapeña (pictured right) said the TVET sector fully recognizes the challenges introduced by Industry 4.0.

“The need to further improve the knowledge and skills of technical vocational education and training, including administrators, teachers and quantitative research trainers, is crucial, in order to better prepare them for the environment of the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR4.0),” he said.

“We are convinced that this training for TVET staff has enhanced their ability to understand research reports and generate ideas from research findings and recommendations to improve their teaching and learning.

“Their ability to conduct quantitative research, focusing on investigative and experimental research methods, has improved to write quantitative research proposals and action plans.”

The program conducted through the SEAMEO Voctech Regional TVET Center brought together participants from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam .

Participants in the online training program. PHOTOS: SEAMEO VOCTECH
ABOVE AND BELOW: Center Director of SEAMEO Voctech Alias ​​bin Haji Abu Bakar; and Deputy Director of Professional Affairs and Research Dr. Paryono

The Deputy Director of Professional Affairs and Research, Dr Paryono, who was the course facilitator, said conducting research is quite difficult, adding that although the training has prepared the participants, more effort will be required. to master the skills.

Dr. William Choy from Singapore, as a representative of the participants, said the program affirmed that the participants were now ready to begin their role as researchers in their schools and institutions.

“With the new skills and knowledge we have gained through the training and guidance of our lecturer, Dr. Paryono, I hope we are all ready to initiate close partnerships and collaboration with others to conduct studies in our fields and produce quality research.”
“Although we may face many challenges such as funding and resources, I believe we can overcome these difficulties over time and foster research in our countries.”

“I truly believe that our research will make a difference in education and ultimately benefit our schools and our students,” he said.

“We are all working towards the same goal of trying to improve the TVET education system to make it better for our home countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, Center Director of SEAMEO Voctech Alias ​​bin Haji Abu Bakar said research activities such as data generation and analysis could help address the problem of skills mismatch in the labor market. regional, which is partly due to the unavailability of data.

He said, “We are developing and improving the Labor Market Information System or LMIS. By knowing the current and future labor market, TVET institutions can offer suitable programs and courses.