SEAMEO-VOCTECH, in collaboration with Temasek Foundation, Singapore and ITE Education Services, Singapore (ITEES in short, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Institute of Technical Education, Singapore) has just completed a technical skills training for 30 TVET teachers and trainers in Southeast Asia.
Based on the Experts Meeting on TVET Teacher Education in Bangkok on December 25-28, 2012, it was highlighted that most of the TVET teachers were fresh university graduates still lacking in industrial practice and exposure (SEAMEO VOCTECH, 2012).
Thus, a united call was made for the TVET teachers to undergo industry-based training or exposure prior to taking up VTE teaching posts.
This kind of combination of hands-on practice and good pedagogical knowledge, technical know-how and contents would ensure that the kind of education and training they would deliver would be more authentic, relevant and current to the needs of the industries.
The training was for technical teachers and trainers to upgrade their technical skills and, at the same time, master the pedagogical skills to train the technical subjects. The focus was on facility technology especially on air-conditioning both for commercial and residential use and refrigeration.
More specifically, the training enabled participants to explain the function of facility technology in residential and commercial settings, especially on air-conditioning and refrigeration; demonstrate several fabrication/installation, testing and maintenance of air-conditioning units in residential and commercial settings as well as demonstrate how to install refrigeration systems in a commercial setting.
The training programme was conducted at the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore from September 15 to October 3.