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.

Vocational/Career Guidance Advocate
refers to the non-registered guidance counselors/personnel of TESDA who shall be designated to manage the implementation of various vocational/career guidance activities, in the absence of a Registered Guidance Counselor
Source: TESDA Circular No. 053, s. 2023
Vocational/Career Guidance Unit
a unit in the public and private TVIs that manages the vocational/career guidance services for their learners and TVET graduates/alumni.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 053, s. 2023
Volume of Learning
a dimension of the complexity of a Qualification. It is used with the level criteria and Qualification type descriptor to determine the depth and breadth of the learning outcomes of a Qualification. The volume of learning identifies the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for a particular Qualification type.
Source: AQF Framework, Second Edition 2013, as referenced by TESDA Circular No. 119 s. 2020
Voluntary Contribution
refers to the decision of the student to contribute, at his/her free will, some financial amount to the SUC, LUC, or LGU-run TVI, while availing himself/herself of the free higher education or free TVET provisions in the Act.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 60 s. 2018
Vulnerable Workers
workers who are less likely to have formal work arrangements, and are, therefore, more likely to lack decent working conditions and adequate social security, and whose employment is characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity, and difficult conditions of work that undermine their fundamental rights.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 035 s. 2018, DOLE Department Order No.17 s. of 2017
payment for work done based on the hour or day.
Source: Guidelines in the Implementation of Reformed Apprenticeship Program refers to the amount of remuneration that an employer is required to pay the wage earners for the work performed during a given period which cannot be reduced by any agreement or individual contract.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 120 s. 2020
Wage Employed
work for pay, in cash or in-kind, under contract with an institution or purely on a commission basis and may not have regular working hours.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 099 s. 2019
Wage Employed-Employment Generation Index
refers to the amount of wage and other benefits received from an employer and/or income derived from related business/trade received in a month.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 21 s. 2016; TESDA Circular No. 014, s. 2022
Wage Employment
refers to the act of generating one's income from an employer-employee relationship.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 035 s. 2018, DOLE Department Order No.17 s. of 2017
Walk-In Scholarship Application
a face-to-face application process where citizens can apply for scholarships directly at the TESDA Central, Regional and Provincial Offices.
Source: TESDA Circular No. 34 s. 2017

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