DAGUPAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) — Pangasinenses who want to train for free in technical vocational courses can do so via the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of the Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
Provincial director Manuel Wong said for 2011, TESDA has served 3,656 scholars under the TWSP and the Private Education Student Financial assistance, both scholarship programs given to constituents who have the will to learn and work.
TESDA is currently waiting for the scholarship vouchers for 2012.
“We are mandated to develop middle level manpower thru the provision of tech-voc skills trainings,” Wong said during the radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over DZMQ on Tuesday.
TESDA also conducts competency assessment for industry workers which is open not only for TESDA graduates but even for walk-in clients. Once an applicant passes the assessment, he will be issued a National Certificate (NC), which can be used as a credential when applying for employment here and abroad.
“The national certificate is one important credential which local and foreign employers look for before accommodating skilled workers,” he added.
The competency assessment can be conducted in one day and the results will be known immediately, he said.
Among the jobs that have a high demand for workers are those categorized under health and wellness, construction, restaurant services, agri- fishery and business process outsourcing.
Wong added that the program’s main objective is to provide short term training and ensure that at least 65 percent of its graduates have landed a job within the year of graduation.
“‘Pagkatapos ng training, meron nang armas para gamitin sa paghahanap ng trabaho (After graduation, the trainees have a tool in looking for jobs),” he said.
TESDA is also in close coordination with the Provincial Employment Services Office which informs them of job vacancies, Wong said.
Engr. Lito Cardenas, Education Supervisor of TESDA said trainings for various courses could run from as short as five days to 70 days.
In Pangasinan, there are 142 public and private schools offering tech-voc courses and four TESDA training centers which include the Provincial Training Center and Pangasinan School of Arts and Trade in Lingayen, Pangasinan Technical Institute in Calasiao and the Luciano Millan Institute in Asingan town. (ANL/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan)