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PIA Press Release
2007/09/14

TESDA Kalinga to conduct English Proficiency training

TABUK CITY (14 September) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is inviting interested individuals to undergo a free on line training on English Proficiency to qualify them for jobs in the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), call centers and other employment outfits that require skills in speaking English fluently.

Technical Education and Skills Development Specialist Belmar Angoling of TESDA-Kalinga said screening of applicants is ongoing and training starts on September 24 this year. A quota of 50 students are sought to comprise the first batch of trainees, he said adding that they expect applicants coming from Apayao province.

Kalinga is the second venue for the training in the Cordillera, aside from Baguio City, Angoling said.

He said prospective applicants are entrusted first to Kodak Bulanao center for a qualifying interview via the land line telephone. They are assigned a Personal Identification Number (PIN) representing their identity of which results of the PROSPEAK interview will be sent to their PIN through the computer.

Students must obtain 55 points and above from the prospeak interview in order to qualify for the course proper. Applicants must at least be high school graduate or preferably finished 72 units in college.

"Because of the poor command of English among job seekers, there is a need to prepare them speak the English language to meet the demands of proficiency in the job market," Angoling said.

He said applicants may be skilled in other fields but to seek employment in the BPO and call centers is a job mismatch if you do not posses good English. "An applicant in these fields must undergo first training before immersion," Angoling said adding that only two call center applicants from Kalinga passed a similar training last year facilitated by Client Logic now Sitel because of that hindrance.

"The fully aircon training venue equipped with 25 new computers is undergoing inter-connection with the internet and is ready on the first day of training," Angoling said.

Students will have to finish 100 training hours or two months of computer technology hands on. The trainer will come from TESDA Central Office. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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