Tuesday, October 9, 2012


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that there are more job opportunities for graduates of technical-vocational courses.

TESDA director general Secretary Joel Villanueva said that businesses are stepping up their hiring, offering jobs that match the required skills and expanding opportunities to graduates of various skills.

"Our battle cry in TESDA is 'You have a Choice.' Even without going to college, tech-vocational that is quality and relevant will pave the way for job opportunities," Villanueva told some 3,000 Pampanga youth, who recently finished their technical vocational courses.

Majority of the graduates were recipients of TESDA scholarships under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and in partnership with technical vocational institutions led by the Pampanga Federation of Technical Institutions (PAFTI).

Jobs are up for grabs, especially for tech-voc graduates who have acquired the skills through the course they have chosen, he said.

The TESDA chief particularly cited the internet-based recruitment companies wherein JobOpenings.ph has posted a total of 16,966 job vacancies; PhilJobNET has a demand of 123,238 jobs; JobsDB needs at least 82,500 workers; and JobStreet has a demand of 70,420 jobs.

Various manufacturing and construction firms are also on the lookout for workers that would match their skills needs, he said.

Villanueva said the TESDA can boast of pool of graduates who have been successful in their career or in their business endeavor after graduation.

"We bask in the positive stories of TESDA graduates, we hope they are inspiring enough. But we work harder knowing that more needs to be done to bring before every graduates the right job and the financial security that some felt was slipping away from them for too long," he said.

He also said that TESDA would continue to offer scholarships to deserving students.

To date, there are 434,676 TWSP beneficiaries, and 75,738 beneficiaries of the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA).

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