‘Choose the right course to avoid job mismatch’: TESDA

MANILA-- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Wednesday reminded students to choose the right courses for them to avoid job mismatch.

Job mismatch is among the problems that Filipinos are facing. Thus, TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong noted that choosing the right course will help students to easily find the right job after graduation.

He cited that there's a growing need in the agribusiness, information technology, construction, health and wellness, tourism as well as in hotel and restaurant sectors.

To help Filipinos land jobs in these industries, Mamondiong said TESDA offers courses related to these fields.

According to TESDA, the agency has training programs in agribusiness sector such as agriculture production and horticulture. For construction sector, there are courses on carpentry, masonry and heavy equipment operation.

Programs under information technology sector are visual graphic design, 2D/3D animation and contact center services, it added.

For the health and wellness industry, students can choose courses on massage therapy, caregiving and beauty care.

For the hotel, restaurant and tourism sectors, TESDA offers training programs such as housekeeping, barista, bar tending and cookery, among others.

Meanwhile, TESDA cited that last year, its top 10 training programs were Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II; Cookery NC II; Food and Beverage Services NC II; Bread and Pastry Production NC II; Housekeeping NC II; Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I; Computer System Servicing NC II; Bookkeeping NC III and Contact Center Services NC II.

"TESDA records from 1995-2016 showed that 30,621,180 enrolled in our training programs. Of these, 25,434,151 students finished their courses; 11,148,144 had their assessment and 9,167,792 were certified," the agency said.

Source: Philippines News Agency