Tech-vocational graduates are a hit among employers



By Nikka Garriga

TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA–It may only require half of what it takes to finish a degree, but technical-vocational graduates are proving to be one sought-after workforce in the labor market today.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) reports that some 238, 219 of their students were able to acquire a job after completing their courses since January this year.

“Getting people into technical-vocational education and training is one thing, making them graduate is another but the ultimate target is to get them employed and make them productive members of the work force so they can fend for themselves and their families,” said TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva.

With a higher rate compared to the 113, 710  recorded last year, the agency expects an increase of up to 504, 335 employed graduates of tech-voc education and training before the year ends.

Not all graduates actively look for a job after finishing their vocation studies. Some of them await better employment opportunities either in the country or abroad while others pursue further studies, according to Villanueva.

There are also several assessments and certification programs that cater to overseas Filipino workers who returned from conflict-torn areas abroad. These  are conducted in its technology training institutes found nationwide

Participants are then issued a certification to ensure that their skills are at par and qualified for employment.

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