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The Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) is now accepting applicants to be among the nearly 20,000 scholars for this year, 2015. Various free TESDA courses are available. The announcement was made by no less than TESDA Director Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva early this week.
As reported at ABS-CBN’s Bandila on Wednesday, various vocational and technical short courses under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) program are now available for qualified applicants, who can enroll anytime. This latest program by TESDA has a fund of P200 million.
“Our goal is that after successful scholars have graduated on their chosen courses, they can immediately apply their skills. They can be either a wage employee or self-employed.” Villanueva said in an interview, adding that applicants are recommended to take TESDA courses that are now in demand.
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According to NEDA National Economic and Development Authority), DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), and DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), the most in-demand jobs today include construction (welding, piping, etc.), tourism, IT, agribusiness, and electronics sector.
The requirements for 2015 TESDA scholars are: at least 15 years old, high school graduate, has passed the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE), has underwent the Youth Profiling process, and belongs to a family with an annual income of P120,000 or lower.
Successful enrollees shall enjoy the free TESDA courses, along with book allowances. After the scholars have completed their courses, they will be required to undergo and pass the Competency Assessment before they will be given the national certificate, or equivalent to a school diploma.
For more information, interested Filipinos are being advised to visit the nearest TESDA Regional Training Centers to check if their desired courses are available. They can also inquire at TESDA accredited schools. However, these institutions may have different procedures and additional requirements.
For OFWs and Filipinos who have Internet at home, they can benefit from the free TESDA online courses. This means that they can enroll and study using the Internet on their available time without going to any TESDA training center. For more details, applicants can visit www.e-tesda.gov.ph.
In line with this, TESDA is reminding all online applicants to read first all the information on their website before asking any question. Last December, a job applicant for Dubai was not hired because the employer saw his blog comment, asking for information that has already been mentioned in the blog post.
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