DOLE, TESDA urged high school grads to take technical-vocational courses
TACLOBAN CITY-The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region has urged graduates of secondary schools to take up technical and vocational courses because of the increasing demand of skilled technical workers abroad.
Labor Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga said recently that taking ladderized courses is one of the alternatives that will employ fresh graduates even without having a college degree.
“There are some tech-voc courses that high school graduates might consider that have very high chances of employment especially abroad,” he said.
This was affirmed by Leyte provincial director Ester Pulma of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), saying that they have readied vocational studies for those willing to take TESDA courses this year.
She said they are now focusing in the five priority sectors to include agriculture, tourism, metals, construction, health and well-ness programs which create jobs that have high demand in both local and foreign companies.
In agriculture, she said they are offering horticulture, aquaculture, and other scientific methods in farming while food and beverages, bartending, and other hotel and restaurants-related careers are included in the courses offered under the tourism sector.
“We cannot deny also that in metals, we have the very popular one which is welding and is in-demand abroad,” she said.
Pulma informed that they are also offering courses that are in need in construction industry which fresh graduates may consider taking which involves training on site preparation, excavation or landscaping work, repair, etc.
“Our 76 training centers throughout Leyte are also willing to train our enrollees for health care professions like in hilot or massage,” she added.
Pulma said they are also bracing for the implementation of the K to 12 program this year of the Department of Education which she said would impact technical education and skills development.
The model involves kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school. The additional two years in senior high schools will focus on specialization for students depending on the occupation/career track they wish to pursue.
In fact, in Leyte, she said they are now crafting for a module designed to benefit high school graduates in the province without the need for them to take the first-four years before going to senior high school under the K to12 scheme.
“Our governor (Gov. Jericho Petilla) is indeed very advanced because long before this K to 12 has been pushed through, he has already a plan for our high school graduates to be easily employed by directly enrolling to senior high school year under K to 12,” she said, adding that the module has yet to be finalized.
She informed that Palo National High School in Palo, Leyte and Merida Vocational High School in Merida, Leyte are the two pilot schools in the province to be modeled under the new program this year. (ALVIN P. CARDINES)
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