TESDA Director cites courses in demand here, abroad

VIGAN CITY – Students, read this.

Provincial Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Director Marissa Alcantara called on all students and the out-of-school-youth to avail of the services of the TESDA in order to gain education through its technical and vocational courses badly needed here and abroad.

“I call on all students to avail of our program, especially our scholarship program, so they can improve their lives,” she said during a press forum here over the weekend.

She said that among the in-demand and high-paying courses needed abroad are tourism, cookery, bartending, bread and pastry production, hotel and restaurant management, slaughtering, carpentry, welding and electrical courses.

“Slaughtermen are also badly needed in Canada and New Zealand while here, we need massage therapists in the tourism industry, automotive mechanics and dressmakers. For those who prefer self-employment after graduation, we provide starter toolkits and for those who will be putting up business, we assist them through entrepreneur training,” she said.

She also said that these courses can be availed through the 30 TESDA accredited schools in the province which are better equipped, have better facilities, better training and higher chance of employment here and abroad than the non-TESDA accredited ones.

“There are already more than 2,000 TESDA graduates who are already working abroad, therefore I call on all students and OSYs to avail of this government service,” she said.

Alcantara also pointed out that K to 12 graduates who took up the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) strand can already apply for a job if they wish to work now because they have already earned their National Certificate II (NC II) and have also underwent an exit assessment to confirm their knowledge and skills.

“Contact us, bring your friends and neighbors, visit us in our office and we will assist you in the best way we can,” she said.

The TESDA office is located north of the Vigan Convention Center adjacent to the Vigan Bus Terminal. (Edward B. Antonio)