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BATANGAS CITY -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) gave the assurance that it would increase the 60.9 percent current hiring rate of graduates of the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) and that no one will be left unemployed.
Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, made the assurance during the turnover of P2 million worth of TESDA training scholarships and distribution of tool kits for the next batch of Specialistas in the province.
The TSTP is composed of small groups of skilled graduates who are organized and equipped with toolkits to provide services in repairs and troubleshooting needs of households and communities.
Villanueva handed over the P2 million worth of training scholarships to Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos - Recto at the Batangas Convention Center on Wednesday.
“Meron pong opportunity (for the 30.1percent unemployed graduates), walang dapat maiwan sa pag-unlad ayun na rin sa utos ng ating mahal na presidente (Benigno Aquino III), we will take care of our graduates,” Villanueva said adding that they will undergo the agency’s “technepreneurship program” that will help “nurture” them by giving them the starter kits.
The 30.1 percent is composed of 3,640 individuals who finished courses like Automotive Servicing NC1, Motorcycle and Small Engine Servicing NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Mechatronics Servicing NC II, Computer Hardware Servicing. Beauty Care and Wellness Services, Appliance Repair Services, and Automotive/Vehicle Maintenance.
“ …bibigyan natin sila ng starter kits para makahanapbuhay. Kagaya na lang ng ginawa natin sa Cagayan de Oro na me isang grupo ng specilista na me autoshop na at maganda ang captive market kasi daanan ng sasakyan…” he cited.
Earlier, Villanueva has vowed to increase the hiring rates of tech-voc graduates adding that they do not want a repeat of the 2008 and 2009 figures when only 113, 710 TESDA scholars out of the 740, 000 nationwide got employed after graduation.
Aside from this, the official said they are also aiming to produce 8.4 million tech-voc trainees by 2016 when the term of Aquino will end.
The rosy assessment according to the agency was borne by the actual and projected annual increase in tech-voc enrollees starting with 1.1 million last year, 1, 210, 000 this year, 1, 331, 000 in 2013, 1, 464, 000 in 2014, 1, 610, 510 in 2015 and 1, 771, 560 in 2016.
Of the expected total number of tech-voc graduates by 2016, the agency projected that 4, 629, 366 or 60 percent of the 7, 771, 560 graduates would undergo assessment before they are able to land a job.
TESDA has also started its mobile jobs bridging program rolling around Metro Manila to offer employment opportunities to agency’s graduates and other skilled workers.
“Our kick-off event for this year is very timely being a graduation season. Out of school, we want our graduates to be busy and productive. They can come to our jobs bridging venues and discover for themselves how they can make practical use of what they learned in school,” Villanueva then said during the launch.
Dubbed as “Trabaho Para sa TESDA Specialista,” the jobs bridging program will serve as a vehicle to link up many TESDA graduates and other skilled workers with companies in need of applicants who meet their standards and qualified to fill up existing vacancies.