100 TESDA scholars get jobs in Middle East

24 April 2011

About 100 scholars of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are bound for the Middle East and 100 more are expecting work in the country after they have finished their respective courses under the Training for Work Scholar Program (TWSP).

The 200 scholars are beneficiaries of the project granted to Chi-E's Promotion Training Center Inc., which facilitated the training, through TESDA's Pasay-Makati district office.

The scholars were trained in various fields from November 8, 2010 to February 15 this year.

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the immediate employment of the scholars is proof of the agency's effective technical-vocational training that makes its graduates attractive to employers.

The high employability of TESDA graduates also helps curb the rising rate of joblessness in the country, Villanueva said.

"As a nation of young workforce, increasing the number of our scholars and broadening opportunities for technical-vocational education is the way to go," Villanueva said.

At least half of the 200 graduates are guaranteed for work abroad, while majority of the remaining 100 graduates will be assisted to work locally, as the rest completes their job application requirements.

"We are pleased to inform your good office that we have assisted at least 50 percent of these scholars for work abroad mainly in the Middle East through the kind support of our partners in the recruitment and placement industry," Jennifer del Rosario, Chi-E's president said in her accomplishment report sent to Villanueva.

Majority of the graduates will work as household service workers in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai. Most were hired through the Jobstar Int'l Manpower Services.

A few will work as drivers, waitress, and in the maintenance service.

Villanueva said TESDA will continue to reinforce the push to expand a skilled workforce through the TWSP, despite the limited budget given to the agency.

"The skills training of our scholars will always be on a high even with the constraints in resources," he added.

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