Singapore, 20 October 2023 — In a remarkable celebration of excellence, TVET Regional Centre SEAMEO VOCTECH was honored with the highly esteemed Distinguished Partner Award by the Institute of Technical Education -Education Services (ITEES) Singapore. This recognition comes as a testament to SEAMEO VOCTECH’s unwavering commitment and remarkable contributions to the enhancement of Technical Education and Teachers’ Skill Development throughout Southeast Asia.

Marking a decade of collaborative innovation and growth, SEAMEO VOCTECH received this prestigious accolade during the grand ceremony held on the 20th of October 2023, commemorating ITEES Singapore’s 20th Anniversary. The award, was presented by ITEES Chairman Mr. Andrew Chong and CEO Mr. Bruce Boh, acknowledging the Centre’s pivotal role in supporting ITEES on its transformative journey towards global excellence in the Skills Development and Training of TVET Teachers across Southeast Asia.

At the event, the award was accepted by SEAMEO VOCTECH’s Director, Mr. Alias Haji Abu Bakar, and Deputy Director of Administration, Pengiran Haji Mohamad Sufri Pengiran Ali, signifying the collective achievement of the regional centre’s dedicated team.

This remarkable journey of collaboration has thrived due to a close and enduring 10-year partnership between SEAMEO VOCTECH and ITEES, with the invaluable support of the Temasek Foundation. The partnership has resulted in the successful implementation of three transformative rounds of Technical Skills Upgrading Programmes for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Teachers across Southeast Asia, spanning from August 2013 to June 2023.

The impact of these programmes has been profound, with 271 Master Trainers, the products of these initiatives, sharing their knowledge and expertise with 1565 participants from various corners of the region. This ripple effect has transcended borders and industry sectors, directly benefiting TVET teachers and students across Southeast Asia. The profound impact of SEAMEO VOCTECH’s contributions to Technical Education and Skills development throughout Southeast Asia serves as a resounding cause for celebration and a catalyst for future programme innovations, outreach efforts, and the sustainability of their transformative mission. The journey of excellence continues, and SEAMEO VOCTECH remains at the forefront of a brighter, more skillful future for the region’s youth and workforce.