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Tech-voc gives high chance for employment

by JMD Abangan

TAGUM CITY (1 September) -- When it comes to employment, technical-vocational education provides higher chances.

Guesting in Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, Engr. Leonora Guiloreza, provincial director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that generally 60 percent of graduates of skills-related education have found jobs.

Going through college is not an assurance of landing a job as unemployment status of Filipino workers showed that of the 2.6 million unemployed, 1.1 million "are college degree holders," she said.

Guiloreza noted people may have a low impression with regards to technical-vocational (tech-voc) courses leading to so-called "blue collar jobs" but she said graduates of such have high employability due to existing high demand of industries for skilled workers.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) bared shortage of skills among large enterprises in the country's premiere region amidst labor surplus.

Needed skills range from high-end positions such as accountants, engineers and information-technology (IT)-based occupations to blue-collar jobs such as welders, drivers and skilled laborers.

Citing a survey of the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), Labor Secretary Arturo D. Brion said that large firms in Metro Manila have encountered shortage of qualified applicants over the last three years.

Brion said a survey identified hot jobs in the talent shortage list in Metro Manila, adding that the survey revealed the kind of skills that industry requires not only in the prime region but nationwide.

Hot jobs are those that are highly in-demand and hard-to-fill due to lack or shortage in qualified applicants.

The labor secretary advised students and young workers to set their sights on acquiring the necessary skills and qualifications to fill the hot jobs immediately not only for their own benefit but also for businesses and industries and the economy as a whole.

The occupations in the talent shortage list which appeared common across industries were as follows: accountant, computer programmer, engineer, financial analyst, HRD manager, IT technician, lawyer, manager, nurse and sales/marketing representative.

Meanwhile, some hot jobs specific to each industry groups were as follows: for mining and quarrying-geologist, and mining engineer; manufacturing-assembler, autocad designer, engineer, machinist, welder, safety officer, for electricity, gas and water industries-electrical engineer, lineman, plant operator; construction-engineer, fitter, plumber, skilled laborer, TIG pipe/place welder, tinsmith; wholesale, retail – administrative assistant, artist, baking technician, pharmacist, sales clothing technician, product planning and pricing officer, technical support specialist; hotels, restaurants –HR manager, operation board position, restaurant manager; transport, storage, communications – account manager, mechanics, IT specialist; financial intermediation – actuarian, auditor, bookkeeper, programmer, underwriter; real estate-renting, business services-architect, engineer, environmental scientist, trainer; education – clinical instructor; health, social work – medical technician, nurse, technician, respiratory therapist; Other community, social personal service – post production editor.

Guiloreza said skilled workers are much needed in most hot jobs identified.

Even at the local level, TESDA Davao del Norte has found out high demand for skilled workers.

Guiloreza bared studies her office had conducted earlier showing that 60 percent of tech-voc graduates in 2003 had found jobs and 70 percent of tech-voc graduates in 2005 were employed. (PIA XI) [top]

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