Ethiopian Government sends its TVET ministers for Benchmarking

tvet-ethiopiaThe Ethiopian Federal TVET Agency, Federal TVET Institute of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education visited Dualtech Center for the institutional benchmarking to develop its human resources following the academe and industry collaboration. The study tour also aimed to help the Ethiopian Government to address the domestic challenges and problems for social and economic development through quality skills training.

The delegation started with a school tour at the workshops where students were doing projects in mechanical, electrical, and electronics trades. The Electromechanics Technology program is designed to train the students on having the fundamentals in various technical skills requirements as the foundation of the industry in developing talents for a more complex and developing technology. Alongside with the technical training, Dualtech presented an important factor on human development which companies are favoring more – the values formation. Forum on the challenges and best practices was done through the help of their Filipino consultant, Dr. Ric Mejia, who previously worked for TESDA.

The group also visited an industry partner – Shindengen Philippines in Calamba City that cooperated with Dualtech for over 20 years. Shindengen manufactures diodes and other electronic components for distribution to other companies in the world.

Ms. Margarita Zaldua, General Affairs Manager, presented the program, training, and employment of their many scholars through the partnership with Dualtech. During the company tour, Dualtech graduates explained the technical competencies available for learning at many sections such as facilities, tool and die, machine maintenance, and production.

Four (4) of the DTS graduates shared how the DTS program helped them get the right training leading to gainful jobs. Ariel Lacao, alumnus and engineering supervisor, recalled his humble journey as trainee assigned in the facilities section which exposed him to actual training in building maintenance like wiring, pipe fitting, motor control, refrigeration, and waste water treatment operation. He said, “Since I graduated, I worked here, they absorbed me. I did not have a hard time to look for another company. The partnership of Dualtech and my company helps me to develop in terms of basic and advance technical knowledge and also the spiritual and values formation.” As one of the successful graduates, he committed to giving back to the school in being the technical trainor to every batch of Dualtech trainees.

Another pioneering trainee, Mandy Canezo from the Production Engineering section, expressed his gratitude from just being a son of struggling parents to a fulfilled employee of his sponsoring company. “My life during those days was not so good as compared today. I can say that Dualtech – the school and industry partnership, helps a lot on developing the students’ technical skills. Hopefully, more companies will support Dualtech for them to continue to help the less fortunate youth.”

Two recent graduates from Bohol were also present to attest to the employment opportunities that awaited them after finishing the program. Teodulo was immediately regularized and after few months was sent to Japan for training. While Fielson won Kaizen competition in the company which he related as similar to the practice of submitting project proposals at Dualtech identifying items for continuous improvement. Both scholars had no clear direction back then until they underwent the Dualtech program. “Dualtech and SDP played a big role in transforming me as a young professional. I thank Dualtech and SDP for giving me a chance to pursue my dreams,” he added.

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Overwhelmed by the testimonies of the DTS stakeholders, Dr. Abdulwase Abdulahe, State Minister for TVET of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, had this to say, “I congratulate Dualtech and its partner company for fulfilling their social responsibilities and the contribution they give to the nation with these bright graduates who are the future of this country. I see the future is in the hands of these students - the best part is in the character, attitude, and values. When you do your job, you do not only help the company, you help transform the future of your motherland.”

“It was a wonderful experience for all of us knowing the success of the Dual Training System in the Philippines and its meeting the skills requirements of the industry. We observed the dedication and commitment of the mentors and the students in achieving goals, that is why Dualtech employment rate is more than a hundred percent with the industry still asking (for more trainees and graduates)”, shared by Teshale Yadessa, Director General of Federal TVET Institute.

The delegation was encouraged to work on strategic TVET programs and career pathways for the young generation of students ensuring the competencies which are tailor-fitted to the industry needs of their country.

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