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7,000 job seekers expected to join TESDA's Job Bridging and Internship activity

Butuan City (June 17) -- An estimated 7,000 job seekers including 5,000 displaced workers, 2,000 technical-vocational education and training (TVET) graduates and job applicants all over Caraga is expected to join the Jobs Bridging and Internship Program on June 26 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center.

The activity is TESDA's response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's resiliency program to address the present global economic crisis. The event will provide a venue for the displaced workers to find employment opportunities or a chance to undergo TESDA's internship program under the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Grants. It will also be a venue for new graduates to find employment without going through the rigors of applying for a job.

The event is a nationwide activity spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and it is expected to be graced by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary Boboy Syjuco, TESDA Director General.

Director Florencio Sunco of TESDA Caraga explains that the job bridging and internship activity is a one of its kind job fair and greatly varies from the other job fairs that have been done by other national line agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs).

"The Jobs Bridging and Internship Program is a unique activity because it will be a technology-based job-matching encounter. Job applicants will be engaging with employers both local and overseas through the web," elaborates Director Sunico.

", a consultant hired by TESDA will provide a paperless application for all job seekers through a gold card that will store the data profile of the applicants," added Director Sunico.

All job applicants to the job bridging and internship activity will go out with a gold card. The gold card will enable the applicant to have a worldwide access to employers. Through the gold card, the applicants profile will be made available through the web.

Leo Velez, Agusan del Norte Provincial Director of TESDA reveals that participants to the activity will not go out empty-handed. PD Velez explains that those who will not be hired or near hired during the job fair, will be match for internship or be given trainings depending on the result of their assessment.

"The job bridging and internship event will not just be a recruitment activity but will also include assessment of all the participants. Those who will not be hired or recruited, their needs will be identified. If they need further training to be hired, then they will be provided with trainings. If they need internship then they will be match to companies that needs the applicant's skills," says PD Leo Velez of TESDA, Caraga.

20 local employers, overseas-bound placement agencies, national line service providers and representatives from the different local government unit is expected to participate in the one-day event.

The one-day activity will compose of a job fair, skills demonstration, and awarding of livelihood checks for displaced workers by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

There will also be awarding of Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) vouchers by TESDA. There will also be TESDA fast services, program orientations and services bazaar by various national line agencies (NGAs). (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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