August 28, 2019

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) targets to link an estimated 17,000 tech-voc graduates to employment opportunities in a series of job fairs during its conduct of World Café of Opportunities (WCO) 2019.

In celebration of TESDA’s 25th Founding Anniversary and the 2nd National Tech-Voc Day, the WCO is being held simultaneously in 54 sites in the 17 regions of the Philippines from August 20 to 29.

“TESDA’s World Café of Opportunities brings together our tech-voc graduates and those interested in taking tech-voc courses with industry partners and tech-voc providers,” said TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña.

According to Lapeña, the WCO encourages interested individuals to avail of the scholarship programs offered by TESDA

Through the WCO, tech-voc graduates will be also able to avail of skills upgrading interventions and pre-employment guidance services, in addition to exploring wage or self-employment opportunities.

These graduates can access up-to-date labor market information, entrepreneurship training, available technology, and financial assistance for business start-ups provided by participating national government agencies (NGAs).

This is expected to boost employment, as well as create better job-skills matching, training and financing opportunities.

This year, in support of the administration’s Build, Build, Build program, all TESDA Regional Offices have invited companies from the construction sector in addition to the participating firms and organizations from other sectors.

“Our commitment at TESDA is not only to provide quality training but to help ensure that this will result in gainful employment or livelihood for our graduates.  With our industry and training partners, this can be achieved,” added the TESDA chief.

The WCO also serves as platform for TVIs and private companies to expand their networks, and forge partnerships for the conduct of Dual Training Systems (DTS) and Supervised Industry Training (SIT) among others.