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Skills and jobs mismatch? Try training for work option

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (13 February) -- Desperate over getting a job and faced with a mismatch dilemma in academic achievement and vacant position?

Try this: finishing a white collar course can still get you a blue collar job.

All through a skills retooling training, courtesy of the government, for it to be free.

Insulating the most vulnerable sectors of the country from the ripples caused by the sweeping economic crisis, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has intended to keep the workers sector going to gain buying power.

Over this, the government has invested in human capital, one of which is to put up the Pangulong Gloria Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), explains Dr. Francisca R. Opog at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR Thursday.

At the forum, Dr. Opog, who is the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bohol provincial director urged unemployed workers to go for skills retooling to finally land them into the jobs they need.

The skills retooling program was the main topic as Kapihan tackled "Employment Skills Upgrades at the TESDA", where the government aired the call for more scholarship applicants for the beginning school year 2009-2010.

"Even high school graduates or those 55 year olds, as long as they are 18 and employable, can apply for the TSWP so they can immediately land jobs," Dr. Opog said.

Funded by the President, in cooperation with TESDA and infused by the congressional funds, student applicants can get the scholarship programs after applying at the school's where the scholarship can be availed, the TESDA office or at the local congressional offices.

The students however undergo self-assessments to ascertain their recognition of prior learning, TESDA said.

Under the program, a student's 30-60 days formal trainings allows a government grant of P3,500 for basic culinary skills to P30T for information technology computer programming and allowances as determined for the sector focused skills, she said.

Up on TESDA's training list are for workers in sectors like automotive, construction, metals and engineering, refrigeration and air-conditioning, electronics, agri-fisheries, tousim and hotel management.

Health and social community services, information and communication technology, aviation and land transportation, maritime services, garments technology, language skills and pyrotechnics.

In fact, the TEDSA Bohol has also been urging formal institutions to offer construction sector kills training especially in welding technologies.

"Welding is one most demanded foreign jobs and we at the TESDA could only provide the trainings in our centers with limited participants", she said.

"We'd like to call our private institutions here in Bohol to offer welding technology courses" she urged as she added that TESDA training centers in Pilar, Inabanga and only two colleges offering the course is still not enough to cope with the demand.

This too as the government launches emergency employment programs to spur short term jobs as funded by the P330B economic resiliency plan. (PIA) [top]

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