Bachelor’s degree holders are now retooling themselves not just with skills related to their courses but even with other technical vocational courses that would add to their knowledge.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority reported many graduates have been enrolling in different technical-vocational courses like automotive, machining, electrical and electronics technology, welding technology, language skills, and other short courses being offered in the different training centers in the region including the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade, TESDA information officer Marie Bulatao said in an interview.
“There is an increase in the enrolment of second coursers especially those who have graduated from a course related to tourism and other hard courses.”
TESDA certification, she said is a valid and acceptable document that local and international firms recognize when hiring employees.
Graduates of the different technical vocational courses, she said, have been noted to have a deployment rate of above 50 percent.
Even those undergoing industry training while completing their techvoc courses are already being tapped by the particular industry.
TESDA trainings, she said are implementing a dual training system because they are immersed in the industry as part of the retooling. Sixty percent of the course is spent in on-the-job trainings after they are given the basics inside the training school.
She said that after an enrollee undergoes training, they are given a mandatory competency assessment and certification program before they can be issued a competency certificate qualifying them as professional skilled workers.
Twenty-four year-old Gulliver Medina, a nursing graduate of batch 2008 enrolled in TESDA’s machining course.
He said that he realizes that gaining employment in his field is not easy, so he decided to take up the technical course with TESDA. This is to have a chance of getting employment abroad.
He said that at this stage in his life, he is no longer so much concerned about not being able to get an employment in line with his course as long as he is able to get a job.
“Mahirap maghanap ng trabaho, kaya kung saan may trabaho, dun ako pupunta.”
He added that he is not ashamed to say that he is taking a vocational course when he has already graduated from nursing because what counts the most is to be able to get employment which is decent and legal.
Twenty-five-year-old Marlene Pausa, who graduated with a degree in engineering technology, said that she enrolled in machining because she wanted to develop her skills.
Marlene is an employee in one of the locators inside the PEZA where she does work related to machining.
Once she completes the 45-day schooling and passes the competency examination, she is qualified to apply for ATEAP, where she can be called an engineer.
Both, however, said that while a certificate in technical vocational course is worthwhile, it is also important to become a professional and have a diploma which can be an advantage when applying for a job.