The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had organized a training program that would help technical vocational education (tech-voc) graduates practice what they have learned when they join the real world.
Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said that “career decisions should be based on the interests of the child and the aspiration of the parents, knowledge of the child's potentials, up-to-date information of the labor market and the education and training environment.”
The training program for the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Career Advocates entitled “A Step to Success, Shaping-up TVET Career Advocates”, is part of boosting TESDA's career guidance program. Its objective is to entrust the advocates to influence parents and trainees choose the career to pursue based on labor market information.
It is the trend for the past years that a student would go for courses that if not presently in demand are unskilled or for blue-collar jobs. And an often scenario is a job-skill mismatch when finding the job after graduation. There are many job openings but the skills of the applicants don’t conform, thus resulting to the high number of unemployed people.
In this career congress, 22 Career Ambassadors were named, wherein 16 of this are TVET Career Ambassadors and 6 were Higher Education Career Ambassadors. They are anticipated to deliver talks in career guidance weeks and various career advocacy activities.
TESDA is a member of Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) and also the lead agency for the Career Ambassadors Program Component that is why this training program was held. The career advocacy congress was organized in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).