MANILA – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is urging Filipinos eyeing a career at sea to take courses on Ship's Catering Services.
The curriculum on Ships' Catering Services NC I, NC II and NC III are now available to training providers and technical vocational schools to develop potential workers skilled in preparing, handling and serving the food and drink requirements of the seafarers, delivering basic housekeeping services, practicing food safety, sanitation and hygiene.
TESDA Director General Secretary Joel Villanueva signed a circular that deployed the new Training Regulations on Ships' Catering Services. The circular took effect on July 19, 2013. The units of competency comprising the Ships' Catering Services cover practical cookery, food and personal hygiene, food storage, stock control, environmental protection and catering and health and safety.
The development of the new Training Regulations on Ships' Catering Services is in compliance with the requirements of Regulation 3.2 of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, which will come into force on 20 August 2013.
"In line with this, all TVET institutions offering programs related to Ships' Cook, Ships' Catering and Ships' Culinary must align their programs to conform to the new Training Regulations. They are given one month upon the roll-out of the TRs or until August 19, 2013 to do so," Villanueva said.