TESDA blue desks help close to 300,000 find jobs

December 23, 2012 1:10 am 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Help desks set up by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have aided close to 300,000 disadvantaged youth and jobless graduates find their path to employment.

Called the Jobs Bridging and Internship Program (JBIP) or blue desks, it aims to assist TESDA graduates find employment through referral or job matching.

From January up to November this year, a total 281,666 individuals have been hired out of the 444,318 who have availed of the blue desk services.

All over the country, there are 1,628 blue desks maintained by TESDA and its network of more than 4,000 public and private institutions.

This was among the highlights of the agency’s accomplishments submitted to Malacanang by Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General in its year-end report.

“We want to assist the youth from skills training, assessment and certification, to job hunting,” Villanueva said.

“This way, we are able to optimize to the fullest technical vocational education and training (TVET) through their employment,” he added.

Every year, new graduates are filled with anxiety about how to find jobs. At the same time, executives say they can’t find the right applicants for a wide variety of jobs.

“Through our jobs bridging events held throughout the year and all over the country, we are able to bridge the hiring gap for our TVET graduates,” Villanueva said.

In his report, the TESDA chief said that close to 1.7 million individuals have enrolled in various TVET programs conducted in TVET institutions, enterprises and in the communities.

Of this, around 1.5 million have already graduated. A total of 935,230 individuals have been assessed, of which 803,350 or 86% have been certified.

TESDA has continuously improved its existing programs and services through partnership with private institutions.

Its TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP), which groups together graduates for self-employment, has given livelihood to 8,450individuals.

Aside from training programs conducted in TVET institutions, TESDA also manages the implementation of enterprise-based programs in partnership with various companies across the country. Called Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay (KasH), the program has produced a total of 69,192 graduates this year. Apprentices and learners who participate in the program are paid wages not lower than the prevailing minimum wage rate in their area.

Villanueva also reported that the signing of Executive Order 83 in October has put in place an integrated system of quality education that would further address the mismatch in jobs and skills for gainful employment.

“This offers seamless framework that would allow students to move readily between and across different education and training sectors, as well as across labor markets,” Villanueva said.

EO 83 institutionalizes the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), a national policy that weaves together basic education, technical-vocational education, and higher education into one coherent, quality-assured instrument for classifying qualifications.

This will be implemented by TESDA, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that will all have to craft a detailed description of their own qualification level. (PNA)

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