TESDA to offer online tech-voc training

05 June 2011

Soon, technical vocational training in the country will only be a stroke of the keyboard away.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva has unveiled a plan to make tech-voc education available through the internet for students nationwide.

Villanueva said that the online tech-voc training is now in the works and would be available at first to select courses.

“Distance learning through the internet will make technical vocational education more accessible, especially for overseas Filipino workers who are already abroad but who want to hone their skills or learn other skills,” he said.

When the infrastructure has been set in place, Villanueva said TESDA's students will have a choice whether to study on-site or online.

TESDA has two scholarship programs namely, the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and the Private Education Student Fund Assistance (PESFA) program.

With the new school year about to begin, Villanueva said technical vocational training offered by the agency nationwide can be a viable alternative to the people.

Its growing relevance to students for being affordable, accessible and one that gives graduates high value of employability has put technical vocational education into the spotlight.

“We are all aware of the high cost of education.  However, this should no longer be a hindrance to our students to pursue a career.  Technical vocational education is here to develop and hone the skills of students who soon will be part of the country’s workforce,” the TESDA chief said.

Going beyond the classrooms, Villanueva also said that students can avail of TESDA’s community-based, enterprise-based, which includes  the Dual Training System, a mode of delivery that combines learning in school and in a company. This would provide practical workplace experience that is often required by the companies.

“We want to go beyond the confines of the classroom and want the people to have more choices,” he added.

Villanueva said that TESDA, with the adequate resources, will continue, to work in making technical vocational training curriculum relevant to the world of work, increase access to it, continue special training to instructors, and improve and upgrade physical facilities for students.

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