1. 7 out of 10 tech-voc graduates get jobs
TESDA ensures jobs for tech-voc graduates. This is on record and backed by hard, undisputable figures. Based on the 2013 Impact Evaluation Survey (IES), TESDA achieved 65.3% employment rate, the highest in the history of the agency. When it comes to the IT-BPM industry, TESDA graduates have an employment rate of 70.9% while the electronics and semiconductor program has recorded 91.4% employment rate. This is a vast change compared to the data of the Department of Budget and Management, which shows that only 28.5% of TESDA graduates found employment from 2006 to 2008.

This is a vast change compared to the data of the Department of Budget and Management, which shows that only 28.5% of TESDA graduates found employment from 2006 to 2008.

2. 9 out of 10 employers satisfied with tech-voc graduates 
Employer satisfaction is at an all-time high when it comes to work performance of tech-voc graduates. In an Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS), a total of 5,451 public and private establishments that employed tech-voc graduates were polled. Majority of them or 86.1% said that they are satisfied with the work and performance of tech-voc graduates. When asked if they will continue to hire tech-voc graduates, a big majority or 86.9% responded positively.

The IES and the ESS are scientific studies, which passed the rigorous assessment of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSDA), formerly, National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

3. First ISO 9001:2008 certified education agency
TESDA was awarded the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 certification through the TUV SUD PSB Philippines, Inc., making it the only education agency and among the government certifying agencies that was granted the prestigious status.

The ISO certification helped the agency to further strengthen the agency’s commitment to make better its services and to help stem the problem of unemployment in the country.

ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized quality management standard, which specifies Quality Management System (QMS) requirements focused on an organization's ability to meet and improve upon customer satisfaction and quality requirements. The Munich-based TUV SUD PSB is the country’s leading multinational certification and inspection body, which provides inspection, certification, valuation, validation, training and testing services.

4. Free TESDA Online Program
The TESDA online program (TOP) made tech9voc accessible anytime and anywhere. It continuously spread across cyberspace. Since its formal launch in May 2012, TOP has registered close to 200,000 users.

TOP has 15 courses available online. Fourteen (14) courses will be added every year until 2016. The courses will be aligned to priority courses, to aid the institutions while reaching out to more clients.

5. Massive partnership with the private sector
TESDA entered into joint ventures with private organizations to ensure continuous funding for tech9voc. It has inked partnerships with Coca9Cola, Holcim, PLDT, SEIPI, ABS9CBN, and other business groups to expand the reach of tech9voc in the country.

For example, through the TESDA9Coke S3TAR project, 200,000 “sari% sari&store”&and&“karinderya” owners nationwide will receive training and merchandise support until the year 2020. TESDA’s public9private partnerships since 2010 generated an estimate of Php_________ additional funding for tech9voc programs.

6. Green Skills for Green Jobs
TESDA has laid the groundwork to become a provider of green skills for green jobs. In the first ever Tech9voc Congress in 2012, it turned the spotlight particularly on developing and enhancing green skills. A green skills hub, the “TESDA&Green&Innovation&Technology&Center”,&is now rising at TESDA Complex to help cultivate a green TVET in the country.

Through TESDA’s partnership with My Shelter Foundation, locally assembled portable solar night lights were made available to light up areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. These solar9powered lamps were also installed in several of Metro Manila's pedestrian pathways.

7. Laying the groundwork for the Philippine Qualifications Framework
The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), a tool that can better prepare Filipino students into the labor force, harmonizes basic education,technical-vocational education and higher education into a nationwide schedule of skills and competencies.With the PQF,4 students gain a clearer picture of the competencies they need for their job interests while employers are able to easily identify the basic work-skills their employees must possess.

This reform to our educational system will be able to eventually solve the problem of job-skills mismatch in the Philippines.It can boost the international confidence among Filipino workers by making them more competitive and employable.

8. Sustainable convergences with other government agencies
The Cash for Work Training Program or C4TP, a joint initiative of the TESDA and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), had a total of 61,114 graduates in the first year of their project in 2013. Of this, 39,518 or 65 percent are now salaried employees or are self-employed. C4TP targeted the disadvantaged youth by giving them free training and helping them find work.

DWSD poured in P1.3 billion for the program, while TESDA, through its 123 administered schools and training centers and partner public and private tech-voc institutions, conducted the skills training and provided post-training assistance to the beneficiaries.

Furthermore, TESDA, together with DENR, DepEd, and PAGCOR produced ____ armchairs through the PNoy Bayanihan Furniture Production Project in Caraga and NCR sites. This multi-agency partnership is being intensified to complete ten (10) production sites until 2016 to help eradicate backlogs in armchairs in the public schools.

9. Revitalized Training for work scholarship program
The Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) and the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), which get an annual allocation of 200M and 700M, respectively, boost tech-voc delivery. TESDA implemented additional P1.1B funding in 2011 and another P500M in 2012 from Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

On the other hand, the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) for beneficiaries belonging to indigent families in far-flung barangays and municipalities consists of package of assistance that includes training and assessment fees, entrepreneurship, training allowance and starter tool kits at an average of P13,500 per capita cost. This is incorporated in the 2014 GAA with a total budget of 1.022B.

10. Popularizing tech-voc and improving its image
The stigma attached to tech-voc and the Filipinos’ penchant for a college diploma used to cause a second-rate status to tech-voc. Through tri-media exposure and massive information campaign, TESDA created a big change in the connotation of tech-voc. It has eradicated the “Tesda&lang”&mentality among many Filipinos, especially the youth.

A premium is now placed in the role of middle-level manpower and ensured a concrete and real career path for them. With TESDA Specialista, Filipino skilled workers are able to see their own specialty roles whether they are plumbers, carpenters, welders, household workers, drivers, or cooks and take pride in the dignity of their work.

Records prove that many Filipino youth have now changed their outlook about TVET. In 2013, enrollees in all TVET delivery modes reached a total of 1.8- million while 860,000 individuals were certified in various sectors and qualifications in 2013.