According to the most recent data obtained from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), 72 out of 100 graduates from the agency’s technical vocational education and training (TVET) programs land jobs within six months to a year after graduation. TESDA officials take this as a mark that the agency is making good on its promise to help Filipinos achieve better employment.
“Right now, the latest figures are 72 out of every 100 graduates that are in the labor force land jobs within six months to a year,” said Elmer Talavera, Executive Director of the National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) at TESDA, while at a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday.
“From the previous years, 65, 68, now it’s . The figures are encouraging, and we hope to maintain or continuously increase that figure,” he added.
The increasing employment rate for tech-voc trained graduates is attributed by Talavera to, among others, better coordination with local government units (LGUs) to determine which labor markets have the biggest demand or vacancies. TESDA, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), also conducts regular job fairs to bridge gap between potential employers and graduates.
Talavera in the same statement expressed hope that the employment rate for tech-voc graduates would increase by next year to 75 out of ever 100.
“I will be happy if it reaches 75 but I will consult my colleagues what their estimates are. But we have overshot our target. Our target before was to hit 65, 67 percent, we landed on close to 72 percent,” Talavera said.
Many of TESDA’s current programs focus on finding employment for their graduates. LAst year, the agency launched the World Cafe of Opportunities (WCO), a one-stop shop project that operationalizes the agency’s Job Linkaging and Networking Services (JoLiNS) program. WCO helps TESDA graduates find work opportunities and other scholarships.
Besides existing programs, Talavera said that TESDA will also be looking into strengthening its linkages with public employment service offices.
As of Sept. 2018, TESDA has produced an estimated 1.1 million graduates from its TVET programs.