Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has come up with a new recognition for its outstanding youth graduates in technical education and skills development (TESD).
The TESDA Best, Batang TESDA 2012 Award has been launched to find the best among TESD graduates who are not over 30 years old and have attained the skills excellence and success in their chosen trade careers.
TESDA has two existing institutional awards for outstanding skilled workers and technicians and partners in skills development. These are the Idol ng TESDA Award and the Kabalikat Award. However, no such recognition has ever been given to successful young workers.
The Batang TESDA Award also aims to raise the self-confidence level and boost the morale of TESD graduates and encourage more active participation of the youth in TESD.
Nominees for the award will undergo the regional and national searches before vying for the three national awards. Selection will be based on completed TESD training programs, skills certification, career history, performance citations, and awards and innovations. Also included in the criteria are qualitative indicators as drive and motivation, enthusiasm, communication skills, confidence attributes, and personal appearance.
All three Batang TESDA national winners will each receive a trophy and cash prizes as follows: National winner – Php15,000, first runner-up; Php10,000, and second runner-up Php5,000. All regional winners shall each receive a trophy and a cash prize of Php2,500.
ATTENTION ON YOUTH
TESDA is giving much attention to employment initiatives for those in the youth sector aged 15 to 34 years old. Based on records of the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, the sector has the largest number of unemployed individuals at 2.3 million as of January 2012, representing more than half of the total unemployed population.
There is good news behind this dismal statistics. Learning a skill or a set of qualifications through technical-vocational training will enable many young people to get employment and earn income. TESD graduates have a higher employment rate at 60 percent, compared to the 20 percent hiring rate of college graduates.
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