23 April 2013
Potential jobs are coming to technical vocational training graduates in the provinces through the jobs bridging program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Following a series of successful jobs bridging events in Metro Manila, TESDA launched its first provincial event of Hanapbuhay para sa mga TESDA Specialista: A Jobs Bridging Program in Bohol .
Secretary Joel Villanueva said the expansion of the program aims to gather employers in the provinces to see how TESDA graduates can fit in their companies.
"Metro Manila does not have the lion's share of the jobs. Many of these are also in the provinces and graduates can take their chance of getting employed," Vilanueva, TESDA director general, said.
"But graduates have to act fast and grab the opportunity so they would not be idle for long after graduation," he added.
The TESDA chief was present during the opening of the Jobs Bridging Program at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City on Tuesday (April 23, 2013).
The event was part of activities ahead of Labor Day celebration on May 1, in which TESDA and the Department of Labor and Employment are expected to launch more career fairs.
Eight big firms and business groups took part in the program, namely, the Alturas Group of Companies, Bohol Quality Corporation, Cydem, Dumaluan Beach Resort, Du Ek Sam, Bohol Tropics, Save N Earn and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Villanueva said he expects technical vocational training graduates to troop to the venue to be interviewed by the employers.
In Bohol , among the in-demand jobs include those for call center agent, massage therapist, graphic art designer, draftsman, barista, bartender, medical transcription, barber and hairdresser.
For 2012, TESDA has given out a total of 2,542 scholarship vouchers worth P15.4 million in the province.
Technical vocational education and training boasts of remarkable record in the province, exceeding its target graduates of 31,774. For 2012, total graduates registered at 36,590.
Records of graduates who underwent assessment and were certified also exceeded the agency's targets.