On Labor Day, several trainees of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will leave their learning centers and give the public a glimpse of how they do their craft through a series of skills demonstrations.
At the sprawling complex of the World Trade Center in Pasay City, one group of trainees will show off their skills in mechatronics; a group of baristas will whip up their recipe of special drinks and coffee; and another will do a simulation of heavy equipment operation.
“These are just a few skills TESDA trainees engage in, we have a lot to offer – courses that are in-demand and can get the graduates employed right after certification,” TESDA Director General Irene Isaac said.
“TESDA has created a better image for its graduates as it continues to deliver quality courses and programs to ensure that the long-term skills requirement of industries are met,” she said.
To keep abreast with the fast-paced technology and emerging needs of industries, TESDA courses have evolved to include those high-precision skills such as mechatronics.
In mechatronics, students are taught how to configure devices, such as digital watches, thermostats and photocopiers, and configure circuits.
“Our graduates will have to go and compete in the labor market for employment. To give them a better shot at the jobs they want, they need to have specialization and valuable skills,” Isaac said.
On May 1, thousands of jobs will be offered at the simultaneous job fairs to be sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nationwide. At the World Trade Center, local and overseas employers will join the fair to accept applications and screen possible employees to their companies.
The target of the job fairs are recent graduates of tertiary education, technical vocational education graduates, unemployed, returning overseas Filipino workers, and workers who have been displaced from their previous jobs.
“We give honor to the country’s workers on Labor Day. The government will continue to work hard to provide people with decent and sustainable employment,” Isaac said.
“For its part, TESDA will remain true to its mandate of providing quality and relevant training, so that graduates would be ready to take on jobs required by companies,” she added.
Aside from the skills demonstration, TESDA will offer free services such as assistance to individuals for referral to free training through the Training for Work Scholarship Program and competency assessment to tech-voc graduates.
Representatives of other government agencies will also be present to offer a one-stop-shop for processing the needs for records of the applicants, such as the Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Bureau of Investigation, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig and the Department of Foreign Affairs. END