Before thousands of trainees, partners in the private sector and government allies, Director General Irene Isaac detailed in TESDA’s “Ulat ng TESDA kina Juan at Juana” how the agency’s various programs has been providing Filipinos with quality technical vocational education and training (TVET), and opening to them infinite opportunities for employment and livelihood.
As of May 2016, the agency recorded a total of 10,543,440 graduates of technical vocational education and training from its institution-based training programs, enterprise-based training programs, community-based training programs and its online programs.
The event coincided with the Trainees' Day, which gathered around 3,000 tech-voc trainees from Metro Manila at the TESDA complex in Taguig City.
“The six years of TESDA under the Aquino administration have seen moments of challenges, transformations and triumphs,” Isaac said.
“At the end of the day, TVET is really about our trainees and graduates. They have become the face of the highly competent and globally competitive Filipino workers,” she added.
Through the years, Isaac said that TESDA was able to prove that tech-voc can be the first option, not just the fallback choice, because graduates are trained with the relevant skills that link them to jobs here and abroad.
"The real evidence of success is the transformation in the lives of the TVET graduates -- because of skills that gave them confidence to face the world of work, and jobs that gave them reasons to dream for a better life," she said.
In the last six years, TESDA has strengthened its assessment and certification program, which are among the major pillars of the agency. From 2010 to May 2016, a total of 6,002,843 individuals had been certified. The certification rate had also risen from 83 percent in 2010 to 91 percent in 2015. With an average of 88.3% certification rate over six years, it shows that 9 out of 10 assessed have been successfully certified.
TESDA has intensified its review of existing Training Regulations (TRs) and in the development of TRs for new priority qualifications. To date, there are 258 promulgated TRs.
Showing quality delivery of service, TESDA was given the ISO certification in 2012 for Program Registration, Assessment and Certification, and its support processes in the Central Office and batch 1 Regions (III, VIII and CAR). Three years later in 2015, TESDA became ISO-certified nationwide for three of its regulatory programs: Standards Development, Program Registration, and Assessment and Certification.
The ISO Certification did not only improve TESDA's systems and processes, but gave a big boost to the agency’s image in the country and abroad.
As a result, more than 500 industry associations and companies have partnered with TESDA in the last six years, which covered such areas as standards development, training delivery, apprenticeship/learnership program, the dual training system, and assessment and certification.
TESDA also continues to implement its major scholarship programs, namely the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), Private Education Students Financial Assistance (PESFA), and Special Training Employment Program (STEP).
"While there have been immense gains in the TVET sector, the challenge to respond to and serve the needs of every Juan and Juana for world-class training that can lead them to jobs still remains," Isaac said.
Isaac said that the agency will continue to stay the course of using TVET as an empowering tool that leads people to engage in decent and productive jobs. It will also continue to find ways to deliver TVET that is competitive with global standards. END