72 out of 100 tech-voc grads get jobs within 6 months: TESDA

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

MANILA -- An of­fi­cial of the Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (TESDA) on Wed­nes­day said 72 out of 100 grad­u­ates of tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (TVET) pro­grams land jobs within six months to a year, mak­ing true its prom­ise of link­ing more Filipinos to jobs.

Elmer Talav­era, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Devel­op­ment (NITESD) at TESDA said this is the most re­cent fig­ure ob­tained from the agency’s im­pact eval­u­a­tion study con­ducted an­nu­ally.

“Right now, the lat­est fig­ures are 72 out of every 100 grad­u­ates that are in the la­bor force land jobs within six months to a year,” Talav­era said in a press brief­ing in Mala­cañang.

“From the pre­vi­ous years, 65, 68, now it’s [72]. The fig­ures are en­cour­ag­ing, and we hope to main­tain or con­tin­u­ously in­crease that fig­ure,” he added.

Talav­era at­trib­uted the in­crease in the num­ber of tech-voc grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment rate to, among oth­ers, co­or­di­nat­ing with lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) to com­pare the la­bor mar­ket and de­ter­mine where there are va­cant jobs.

He also said that con­duct­ing reg­u­lar job fairs, through the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE), has been help­ful as well.

Last year, TESDA also launched the World Café of Op­por­tu­ni­ties (WCO), a one-stop shop that op­er­a­tional­izes the agency’s Job Link­ag­ing and Net­work­ing Ser­vices (JoLiNS) pro­gram, which helps techvoc grad­u­ates to find jobs and other schol­ar­ships. Its tar­get ben­e­fi­cia­ries are tech-voc grad­u­ates; en­trepreneurs, com­pa­nies/in­dus­tries with job va­can­cies, and re­turn­ing over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFWs) and their qual­i­fied ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Mean­while, he ex­pressed hope that the fig­ure in­creases to 75 out of every 100 grad­u­ates land­ing jobs by 2019.

“I will be happy if it reaches 75 but I will con­sult my col­leagues what their es­ti­mates are. But we have over­shot our tar­get. Our tar­get be­fore was to hit 65, 67 per­cent, we landed on close to 72 per­cent,” Talav­era said.

To achieve the tar­get, Talav­era said the TESDA will strengthen its link­ages with pub­lic em­ploy­ment ser­vice of­fices.

As of Sept. 2018, TESDA has so far pro­duced an es­ti­mated 1.1 mil­lion tech-voc grad­u­ates.

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