Since 1994, TESDA has maintained its stature as the leading partner in the development of the Filipino workforce toward world-class competence and positive work values. Indeed, the technical vocational education and training (TVET) System of TESDA proves to be an effective tool in skills development with courses ranging from Construction, Electronics, Agriculture and Fishery, Tourism, Information and Communications Technology, Maritime, Garments, Furniture and Fixtures, and Automotive to mention a few.
What makes these courses relevant and significant is how these courses are able to adapt to the demands of the industry, hence; employment of graduates are immediate. With the adoption of TESDA’s JOB MATCHING PROCESS by the different technical and vocational institutions, graduates are assured and secured of employment. This job matching process starts with SEEKING the job demands of the industry. Then, TESDA and the different institutions find the right people to fill-in the job demands. Then, after FINDING the right people, these people undergo TRAINING for them to be competent of the jobs, and finally assessment for these workers to be CERTIFIED skilled workers. With this system, TESDA, amongst all government institutions in education, has provided the highest employment results for graduates.
Despite the relevance of these technical vocational courses, the society does not know much about the industry and has misconstrued information about technical vocational institutions. Society and employers believe that a bachelor’s degree is the ONLY way to immediate employment. Furthermore, they tend to believe that technical vocational courses are inferior and sub-par to that of bachelor’s degrees.
According to Dir. Carlos C. Flores of the TESDA Batangas Provincial Office, “technical vocational courses, because of its employability and potentials, have become a career choice rather than a secondary option for the students. Tech Voch has developed its niche in the education stream and is widely considered a pillar for nation building. In Batangas for instance Tech Voch graduates are posting 68% employment, a rate that is much higher than degree holders. Bottomline is getting employed and gainfully productive after training, and Technical vocational institutions in the province are posting remarkable results on this area.”
Hopefully, people will realize the relevance and importance of technical vocational courses and they will be more open to a new thinking that technical vocational courses are viable career options that could provide better success.