DOLE pledges work for K-to-12 graduates

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Saturday pledged to provide employment for students who would graduate from the K-to-12 education program.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz sought support from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in drafting Republic Act 10533, or the K-to-12 Law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

“This law is inclusive because the DOLE will work with DepEd to ensure the availability of decent jobs for those who have successfully graduated from college, including working students, so they will not be left behind,” the labor chief said.

Baldoz said Tesda is eyeing the implementation of an improved curriculum for teaching and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as part of the K-to-12 roadmap to prepare students for tertiary education, skills development, employment, or entrepreneurship.

“The curriculum will enable students, consistent with Tesda training rules, to acquire Certificates of Competency (COCs) and National Certifications (NCs), thus enabling graduates with middle-level skills to opt for entrepreneurship or be gainfully employed in decent jobs,” she explained.

She also added that DOLE would regularly conduct career advocacy activities to help secondary-level students choose career pathways that best suit their skills.

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