This glossary of terms intends to provide the TESDA key players, partners, and stakeholders an online and updated TVET information, concepts, to bring common understanding and clarification on the use of TESDA terminologies.

systematic classification of things according to general types. It is a means of classifying people of things by certain commodities or differences. It can assists researchers and others to better understand certain conditions or factors. Moreover, it helps to understand how things relate to each other.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 090 s. 2018
includes all employed persons who express the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or an additional job, or to have a new job with longer working hours.    It can be categorized as visibly underemployed and the invisibly underemployed
Source: PSA
Undistributed/Unclaimed Starter Toolkits
refer to toolkits that were not distributed to the graduates or beneficiaries and remained unclaimed for at least six (6) months after the distribution of starter toolkits. These also include the toolkits available due to dropouts, unimplemented programs or scholarship slots without enrollees.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 064, s. 2021
includes all those who, during the reference, period are 15 years old and over as of their last birthday, are: a. without work, or had no job/business during the basic survey reference period; b. seeking work, i.e., had taken specific steps to look for a job or establish a business during the basic survey reference period; or not seeking work due to the following reasons:   believe no work available; awaiting the results of previous job application;   temporary illness/disability; bad weather; and waiting for rehire job/recall c. currently available for work, i.e., were available and willing to take up work in paid employment or self-employment during the basic reference period, and/or would be available and willing to take up work in paid employment or self-employment within two weeks after the interview date.
Source: ILO
Unemployment Rate
Percentage of the total number of unemployed persons to the total number of persons in the labor force.
Source: PSA
is UNESCO's designated center for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) that supports UNESCO's Member States in their efforts to strengthen and upgrade their VET systems. It promotes increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods, personal empowerment, and socio-economic development, especially for youth, women, and disadvantaged.
Source: UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (2020); TESDA Circular No. 060 s. 2020
UNIFAST Registry of Programs and Institutions
refers to quality-assured academic research programs and tertiary institutions certified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and/or TESDA as compliant with acceptable standards.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 027-A, s. 2022
Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST)
refers to the harmonized, state-run, and administered system of higher education and technical-vocational scholarships, grants-in-aid, student loan, and other modalities of student financial assistance program promulgated under Republic Act No. 10687.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 60 s. 2018
Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS)
refers to a two-stage quality assurance process that covers the following: (1) the mandatory registration of TVET programs with TESDA and the monitoring for continuous compliance with the prescribed minimum requirements; and (2) the voluntary accreditation of institutions which deals with the institutionalization of quality management systems at the institutional level.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 60 s. 2018
refers to any labor organization in the private sector organized for collective bargaining and for other legitimate purposes.
Source: Department Order No. 40-03, s. 2003 Amending the Implementing Rules of Book V of the Labor Code

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