TESDA urged high school studes to consider TVET as a career choice
BAGUIO CITY— The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Benguet Provincial Office has urged grade 10 students through career coaching to consider Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a career choice.
During the career coaching of grade 10 students of the Quezon Hill National High School, TESD II Glenda Marquez discussed the different advantages of acquiring different skills, competencies imbued with the right values and attitude towards work.
“The industry needs workers who are willing to continue learning to be the best in their field or became entrepreneurs who would set up their own business and help themselves, even employ others, said Marquez.
TVET enhances one’s productivity and employability. Likewise, highly technical skills are a must, but soft skills like critical thinking, innovation and communication skills are equally important to stay competitive in the workplace or for successful entrepreneurs who set up their own businesses.
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Currently, TESDA offers scholarships under the Training for Work Scholarship Programs (TWSP), Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA), and Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), and Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
She explained that UAQTEA provides free tuition and other school fees in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) and state-run Technical Vocational Institutions (STVIs), establishing the Tertiary Education Subsidy and Student Loan Program (SLP), strengthening the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST).
TWSP provides immediate interventions to meet the need for highly critical skills required by higher levels of technology.
She said the program is in response to the clamor of industry to address the shortage of the critically skilled, particularly the Business Process Outsourcing, metals and engineering, construction and tourism, among other sectors.
PESFA is an educational grant given to marginalized but deserving students in post-secondary non-degree courses; while the STEP is a community-based specialty training program that addresses the specific skils needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurship, self-employment and service-oriented activities.
The career coaching was held on July 24, 2019 at Middle Quezon Hill, Baguio City, with 169 grade 10 students participating. **TESDA-BAGUIO/BENGUET