2nd TESDA nat’l tech-voc jobs fair to focus on construction, IT-BPO

MANILA Encouraged by a successful first conduct last Feb. 27-28, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has set its second National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Enrollment and Jobs Bridging program on April 5-6 at all its offices and TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) across the country.

TESDA said the second National TVET Jobs Fair would focus on providing opportunities in the construction, information technology/business process management (IT-BPM) sectors.

The agency said the construction sector could help contribute in the government's "Build, Build, Build" program.

TESDA has invited the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Philippine Constructors Association, and the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines to join the two-day event.

TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong earlier mentioned that TESDA would prioritize indigenous people, the poor, and rebel returnees in construction training. This time, the TESDA chief is also encouraging overseas Filipino workers, especially those who have just arrived from Kuwait, to avail of the training.

In a statement, Mamondiong also mentioned that TESDA is preparing for the increase in the number of skilled labor needed under the construction and IT-BPM category.

Based on TESDA's record of TVET enrollees, up to 28,000 have registered in various construction-related programs; 17,000 in Computer Systems Servicing NC II; and 8,499 in 46 courses under ICT sector.

Meanwhile, during the first National TVET Jobs Fair, TESDA's records showed that welding was the top job opportunity offered by participating companies and agencies. Other top job offers were for masons, production operators, scaffolders, production operators, and carpenters.

Mamondiong considers the first activity successful, as TESDA recorded 192,652 enrollees in tech-voc courses.

The top five in-demand tech-voc courses were Driving NC ll, Computer Systems Servicing NC II, Bread and Pastry Production NC ll, Cookery NC ll, and Dressmaking NC ll, according to TESDA.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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