K to 12 PLUS Project

German economy’s community initiative supports educational reform

An alliance of the German economy’s development organisations and associations supports its Philippine partner associations to make a contribution to the current (K to 12 “From kindergarten to year 12“) educational reform programme. Specifically this cooperation is about also setting up a course of vocational training (K to 12 Plus).
Here too the AFOS Foundation works together with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Together we advise sector associations, their member enterprises and vocational training and vocational schools in Cebu City on the design and implementation of dual vocational training courses.

Since June 2015 pilot training courses have been running in the sectors

  • hotel industry
  • food and drink catering industry
  • building construction

The following video gives a brief overview of the project:


The aim of the k-12 Plus project is to improve the quality of regional vocational training. The high youth unemployment in the Philippines is to be reduced by demand-oriented, dual training modelled on the German one.
The AFOS Foundation is piloting in cooperation with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI), sector associations and firms in Cebu and the Cebu region dual vocational training using a systematic approach at a number of levels. At the start of the coming year more than 100 qualified students from disadvantaged social classes in the sectors building construction, tourism and food processing will receive a vocational qualification certified by the CCCI.

As part of the project, based on criteria training establishments are being set up and certified, operative train

Norbert Weiss

Norbert Weiss, long-term expert for “K to 12 PLUS” in the Philippine

ing personnel qualified and new teaching curricula developed with the involvement of Philippine industry.

Through capacity development and training businesses become more competitive and can take advantage of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s increasingly expanded, more attractive service provision.

Thanks to improved qualification options and well trained tradespersons sustainable jobs with future prospects are being created for business people, skilled workers and trainees. Participants from disadvantaged social groups are given the chance to shape promising, self-determined futures offering lasting employment and income prospects.

As project manager at AFOS, I feel right and in the right place. I enjoy working with our local partners to implement meaningful measures that open up lasting future prospects to mostly disadvantaged people. 

Since 2015 after more than 15 years’ work as a long-term expert in the fields of employment assistance and enterprise development in African and Asian countries we, a family of four, have been living in Cebu City.

My colleagues and I, and – particularly – the young people assisted by us, thank you for supporting the AFOS Foundation for Entrpreneurial Development Cooperation, which primarily aims at ’helping people to help themselves’.

With regards

Norbert Weiss


More information is available on the official Website of the K to 12 PLUS Project here.


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