Employers satisfied with performance of TESDA graduates

November 26, 2012 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 26 — TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva assures the public that TESDA will work harder to continue providing quality and relevant trainings particularly under the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program after the employers showed high satisfaction to TVET graduates shown in the 2011 Employers Satisfaction Survey (ESS).

According to Sec. Villanueva, the ESS serves as one of the agency’s monitoring and feedback mechanisms to generate inputs and comments from industries on the performance of the TVET programs.

The survey, conducted in more than 5,000 establishments, revealed that a high percentage of the establishment (86.1%) said that they are either “very satisfied” (43.3%) or “somewhat satisfied” (42.8%) with the work and performance of the graduates.

The employers also stated that they will continue to hire technical vocational graduates, a big majority (86.9%) responded positively.

A total of 5,451 public and private establishments that employed TVET graduates in the last three years – from 2009 to 2011 – were polled for the ESS.

“If the employers are happy, then our graduates must be really good,” Villanueva said referring to the 2011 ESS.

“We want our students to feel they made the right choice in engaging in TVET programs because these can offer them a rewarding career,” Villanueva also stressed.

The 2011 ESS showed that 92% of the graduates possessed the theoretical and practical knowledge in performing their tasks at work, were highly trainable for the skills needed for the job, and have a positive work attitude.

For their 2012 operations, the establishments identified the following in-demand occupations: Mason, Welder, Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter, Computer Service Technician, Consumer Electronics Service Technician, Auto Mechanic, Food and Beverage Service Worker, Heavy Equipment Operator, Security Guard, Housekeeper, Driver, Beauty Care, Hairstylist, and Rigger.

To further improve the quality of TVET graduates in the country and meet the needs of the industries, they said that there is need for more in-depth training and exposure of the students on their chosen course and improvement in their communication skills.

The establishments surveyed also proposed training program for unskilled workers of local government units to offer them similar opportunities to find employment and also said that the assessment and certification of TESDA graduates should continue.

In the months to come, they said that technical vocational training programs should be more accessible, especially in far-flung communities in the country. (PNA)

LAM/PR-TESDA/UTB

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