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JIB to offer aussie course in June

By Joy Romares-Sevilla

Thursday, January 10, 2008

THE Joji Ilagan Career Center in Davao City will offer a course covering the curriculum of the Technical and Further Education-South Western Sydney Institute (Tafe-SWSI) in June for the delivery of global certification for those who want to work and migrate to Australia.

Joji Ilagan-Bian, chair of the Joji Ilagan Career Center, said in Monday’s Davao Business Writers’ Association press forum at Medispa at SM City Davao that the launching is an off-shot to the forged partnership between her school and with Tafe, a vocational education and training institution in Sydney, Australia, last year.

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"The Tafe-JIB educational partnership will allow the delivery of Certificate 111 Hospitality to Joji Ilagan Career Center in Davao City. JIB will use the Tafe curriculum and teaching methodology for students who will enroll in the course," Bian said.

She said graduates of the course would earn Tafe certificates upon graduation.

The Certificate 111 Hospitality-Commercial Cookery is one of the occupations listed under the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) of the Migration Laws of Australia as of September 2007.

This is one of the most in-demand skills, which will give the student the edge if he intends to migrate and work in the same country.

"Upon finishing the course, one can apply for migration. Under this partnership, the graduate is automatically awarded 60 points for skill qualifications under the qualifying Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for migration purposes," Bian explained.

Bian said this is a great opportunity for people and for students who wish to work or migrate in Australia. Instead of going to Australia, one can study right here in Davao City.

"There is a significant difference when one takes the course here since the student does not have to travel to Australia and pay for accommodation and tuition fees in Australian dollar," Bian said.

She added that taking the same course in Tafe or in any school in Australia, one would have to spend around A$14,700 to A$27,000 per year.

At JIB, one can only spend P50,000 per year, Bian said.

"We are hoping that we can get positive response with this new partnership. With this, the migration path of our students is clear. This course is an investment. We are targeting 150 students to enroll in the course, I’m sure we can meet the target," Bian expressed.

It was learned that JIB pilots to run the course for two years. Australian teachers will train students who will enroll in the course for four hours daily.

Tafe initiated the partnership between the Tafe and the JIB Career Foundation. Tafe representatives invited Bian when the former were in Manila in July last year.

Bian said Tafe offered two other technical schools from the Luzon and the Visayas with the same partnership. However, the school in Luzon and the JIB in Davao were the ones to first launch the courses in their respective schools this year.

"The partnership is another first in Mindanao, a clear indication of the high quality of manpower resource in the island," Bian concluded.