THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) noted its accomplishments in the last six years on Tuesday, saying more than 10 million out-of-school youth and indigent Filipinos have graduated from various technical and vocational (tech-voc) programs.
Outgoing Tesda chief Irene Isaac said that as of May 2016, the agency recorded a total of 10,543,440 graduates of technical vocational education and training (TVET) from its institution-based training programs, enterprise-based training programs, community-based training programs and online programs.
“The six years of Tesda under the Aquino administration have seen moments of challenges, transformations and triumphs,” Isaac added.
“At the end of the day, TVET is really about our trainees and graduates. They have become the face of the highly competent and globally competitive Filipino workers,” she said.
Through the years, according to Isaac, Tesda was able to prove that tech-voc can be the first option, not just the fallback choice, because graduates are taught relevant skills that later link them to jobs here and abroad.
“The real evidence of success is the transformation in the lives of the TVET graduates because of skills that gave them confidence to face the world of work, and jobs that gave them reasons to dream for a better life,” she said.
Isaac added that in the last six years, Tesda has strengthened its assessment and certification program, which are among the major pillars of the agency.
“From 2010 to May 2016, a total of 6,002,843 individuals had been certified. The certification rate had also risen from 83 percent in 2010 to 91 percent in 2015. With an average of 88.3 percent certification rate over six years, it shows that 9 out of 10 assessed have been successfully certified,” she said.
The agency has also intensified its review of existing training regulations and in the development of training regulations for new priority qualifications.
To date, there are 258 promulgated training regulations.
Showing quality delivery of service, Tesda was given the ISO certification in 2012 for Program Registration, Assessment and Certification, and its support processes in the central office and Batch 1 Regions III and VIII and Cordillera Autonomous Region).
Three years later in 2015, it became ISO-certified nationwide for three of its regulatory programs: Standards Development, Program Registration and Assessment and Certification.
The ISO Certification did not only improve Tesda’s systems and processes but boosted the agency’s image in the country and abroad.
As a result, more than 500 industry associations and companies have partnered with Tesda in the last six years in such areas as standards development, training delivery, apprenticeship/learnership program, dual training system and assessment and certification.
The agency continues to implement its major scholarship programs, namely the Training for Work Scholarship Program, Private Education Students Financial Assistance and Special Training Employment Program.
NEIL A. ALCOBER