13 June 2011

TESDA lists top tech-voc courses

In the assessment and certification conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) recently, officials found out that computer-related programs as well as food and beverage services, housekeeping and automotive servicing are among the top qualifications or courses that have drawn more applicants.
According to TESDA General Director Joel Villanueva, a total of 14,401 applicants out of the 22,675 who underwent assessment were certified during the first run of its National Technical Vocational Education Training Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC). Held in April, TESDA’s NATCAC was able to exceed its 20,000 target nationwide. The first NATCAC ran from March 28 to April 5 nationwide. Another batch of assessment and certification will be held within the year.

“Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), workers, technical-vocational trainers, students and dependents of OFWs took part in the free competency assessment, where the OFWs got the highest certification rate of 83 percent,” Villanueva said.

The TESDA chief added that computer hardware servicing topped the list of qualifications with the most number of applicants who were assessed at 4,035, followed by food and beverage services at 2,892, housekeeping at 2,471, programming at 2,225, automotive servicing at 1,928, electrical installation and maintenance at 1,653, shielded metal arc welding at 1,333, bread and pastry production at 966, driving NC III at 488, and driving NC II at 410.

“Computer hardware servicing was also among the qualifications with the highest number of certified applicants at 64 percent or 2,582 out of 4,035,” Villanueva said. All of those assessed for food processing (29), auto LPG (16), construction painting (100), baking and pastry production (13), photography (11), forklift operation (8) and gas metal arc welding (7) passed and received the certification.

Carpentry, added Villanueva, registered 99 percent certification rate with only one of the 88 who underwent the assessment failing to get certified. Hairdressing had 98 percent, followed by horticulture (97 percent) and massage therapy (97 percent).

Meanwhile, programming had the lowest certification rate of 8 percent. “We may have the skills and have finished a tech-voc course, but this needs constant sharpening to make it at par with the demands of the times,” Villanueva said.

He also noted the growing importance of acquiring the TESDA certification because it is slowly being made a requirement for employment by some companies and industries. “Being a TESDA certified worker means one has undergone the rigid training and assessment needed for the pool of skilled workforce by different corporations,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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