The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Albay province on Friday encouraged residents to avail of the agency’s scholarship programs with more than 5,000 available slots. “We have the slots, so we have the enrollment day listed. Our partner technical vocational institutions with available slots are here,” Mariglo Macabuhay-Sese, TESDA-Albay director, announced during a press briefing for the “World Cafe of Opportunities,” a one-stop shop for jobseekers and aspiring scholars. At least 5,520 slots with courses for construction, agriculture, tourism, related qualifications, maintenance, and engineering are available for implementation until December, she said. “Albay is very lucky because 42 percent of the total scholarship budget for Region 5 (Bicol) is here in this province. We are inviting all individuals willing to avail of the training that fits their interest,” Sese added. TESDA Bicol has a PHP500 million scholarship budget and 42 percent are allocated for Albay, she noted. In an interview, TESDA public information officer Laurence Arimado said 54 technical-vocational graduates in Albay were hired on the spot in the event. “Some 48 job applicants were nearly hired after the interview and evaluation of their qualifications and requirements. At least 80 clients were ready for training,’ Arimado said. He said the event aims to empower participants to seize the prospects presented by the changing job landscape and evolving industries. “This event serves as a valuable platform for Technical Vocational Education and Training graduates, alumni, and all jobseekers in Albay to connect with potential employers, explore further training opportunities, and access support services leading to career advancement,” he said. Meanwhile, John Dominic Acuna, 26, of Barangay Bagong Abre, lauded TESDA for the opportunity after he was hired on the spot by a car company. “I need this job, I’ve been looking for a job for one year already. The process of applying is easy since I have the required qualifications they needed,” he said. He also underscored the importance of upgrading one’s skills and competencies to have an edge when applying for a job.
Source: Philippines News Agency