02 June 2012

TESDA training programs go online

Students, out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not go to a training center anymore to learn job skills, be certified and qualified for employment. They can now take select training programs through their desktops or laptop computers,  at their own pace and time,  in the comforts of their homes or worksites.
Launched in December 2011, the online program of TESDA has already benefited 4,153 trainees who have finished various skills development courses. The TESDA Online Program (TOP) has gathered a big number of Filipinos here and overseas into a community of learners who are learning and mastering jobs skills and competencies through the internet.

With TOP, TESDA provides a more effective and efficient way to deliver training services to specific target clients at less cost and a wider reach. OFWs can learn new skills to boost their job qualifications without the need to return home or leave their worksites. TOP can be accessed by clicking its icon at the right side ofwww.tesda.gov.ph.
The online programs expand the reach of TESDA training services through training institutions and the mobile training program. The TESDA Online Program is available for free to anyone who is interested to learn a skill.
How does one enroll in TOP? 
First register an account. The detailed steps on how to register and enroll in a course are listed in the ‘’How To’’ section of the website.
Four online courses are available, namely: Computer Hardware Servicing NC II, Room Service Attendant (leading to Food and Beverage Services NC II), Guest Room Servicing (leading to Housekeeping NC II) and Cell Phone Repair Servicing (leading to Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II).
Nine trainees in Computer Hardware Servicing course have completed the online modules and have passed the skills assessment.  Among them is Jonathan Luzano, 29,  who was immediately employed as desktop/laptop computer technician.
“My big advantage over the other job applicants is my being a certified computer technician. Every time I am asked during job interviews about my best qualifications, I proudly tell them that I am a certified Computer Hardware Technician NC II," says Jonathan.
Odilon Gundan, 32, finished a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. He took the CHS online course to gain additional knowledge and qualifications for his application for an overseas job.
Jeremy Ortega says the TOP is the most convenient way to enhance one's job qualifications. “Besides, being free of charge, I attend my learning sessions during my free time or after coming from work.”
Security guard Romano Hallig plans to use his knowledge and skills in CHS as a service technician when he goes home to Quezon where his family resides.
For more information on TESDA programs and services, call 887-7777, send SMS message 09174794370 (Globe) 09182738232 (Smart) or follow us in Facebook (TESDA, Sec Joel Villanueva TESDA) and Twitter (SecJOELngTESDA).




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