LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority launched its Enrollment Day and Jobs fair last February 27 at the Wangal Sports Complex Gymnasium.
The event, which is simultaneous throughout the country, aims to bring TESDA services to the community by having technical vocational schools come to them instead of the other way around. Also, it is a way for graduates of technical vocational education and training to have a chance in landing a job through the participation of TESDA’s private company partners.
Participating vocational institutions accepted prospective enrollees to become scholars with their allotted Training for Work Scholarship Slots. Qualified applicants will train on certain skills and will be assessed, both for free. Slots are on first-come-first-served basis.
Technical vocational institutions were then reminded to only accept enrollees basing on the number of slots allotted to them to ensure the good quality of training and ensuring that applicants can avail of the scholarships on time.
TESDA Regional Director Efren Pinol stated that this is an opportunity that applicants must grab since it only happens once in a while. He added that this is an occasion for the provincial and municipal government, school administrations, and TESDA to serve the community.
Before the event Atty. Noel Ngolob, Benguet Provincial Administrator who represented Gov. Cresencio Pacalso, addressed the audience on skilled workers in an international level. He cited an Australian who stated that there are good skilled workers in the Philippines. Ngolob quoted the Australian saying that the problem is that Filipino workers do not have a formal certificate with them when they come to Australia. So even if these Australians would want to employ them, because they lack certificates, they would end up laborers doing high skill jobs.
“We are thankful that TESDA is already doing it through their programs. Filipinos are highly respected when it comes to skills and we are now penetrating world markets for skilled workers. Thanks for TESDA and the schools providing the trainings. We need to focus on skills so we support the programs of the government on this,” Ngolob commented.
Director Pinol then thanked the provincial government of Benguet, the municipal government of La Trinidad, technical-vocational institutions and other line agencies for the unwavering support to the programs of TESDA.
The enrollment day and jobs fair is convergence of different line agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Employment Services Office, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Trade and Industry, together with the Association of Technical Vocational Institutions in Benguet. LALAINE T. PAYAY, UB Intern
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