Largest Filipino-owned technical school in the UAE
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General and Secretary Isidro Lapena inaugurated the POWER Technical Training Center in Dubai on March 8th. Also present were Deputy Consul General Renato Dueñas, Labor Attache Felicitas Bay, and Executive Director of WorldSkills Asia Fahar Al Suwaidi.
The centre is the largest Filipino-owned technical school in the UAE and is ISO Certified 9001:2015, as well as accredited by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority or KHDA. The centre has its own equipment and facilities related to the Construction, Engineering, Hospitality and Healthcare sectors.
“I am optimistic that POWER Technical Center will empower our ‘kababayans’ here in Dubai and will serve as a bridge in making our OFWS more globally competitive because this is the very purpose of technical vocational education and training,” commended Secretary Lapena.
Engr. Jim Mahan, POWER Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Dexter De Castro, POWER Chief Healthcare Officer, and Paolo Arao, President of the Association of Filipino TESDA Trainers and Assessors or AFTTA, toured the government officials around the 12,000 square feet compound.
“Our engineering and construction sector training programs are aligned with the training regulations of TESDA and internationally-related standards,” said Engr. Mahan. He added that the centre will offer the following programs, among others: Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Industrial Motor Control NC III, Solar Panel Installation Business, Fire Alarm System, CCTV Installation, Building Management System, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC), Plumbing NC II, Diploma in Electronics, and Industrial Engineering.
“Our Caregiving program is an internationally recognized training and certification program developed to equip students with the knowledge and skills of caregiving. The program includes care and support to infants, toddlers, children, people with special needs, and the elderly. It also teaches students on the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills on preparing hot and cold meals, cleaning, laundering, ironing, health and safety, and responding to an emergency. In addition, our caregiving program involves on-the-job training in a hospital and hotel, as well as basic life support training. It is aligned with the TESDA and American Caregiver Association curricula,” added Dr. De Castro.
On his part Arao said that the POWER Technical Training Center addresses the demand for skilled workers in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Poland and Japan.
“With demands for technical skilled workers, expatriates particularly Filipinos must equip themselves with up-to-date technical skills in order to remain globally competitive and possibly open doors of opportunities overseas,” he explained.
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