Employers ‘very satisfied' with skills of Pinoy tech-voc grads

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 12:00 AM    Views : 490by:Anna Valmero
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When it comes to work performance, technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates rank high among today's employers.

A big majority or 87 percent of employers said they would continue hiring them, according to the 2011 Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS).

At least 86 percent of establishments said they are "very satisfied: with the work and performance of tech-voc grads, with at least 40 percent of businesses, "somewhat satisfied", according to a statement from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

The ESS serves as one of the agency's monitoring and feedback mechanisms to generate inputs and comments from industries on the performance of TVET graduates.

"If the employers are happy, then our graduates must be really good," said Joel Villanueva, director general of Tesda.

Tesda said the results of the survey will also inspire TVET trainers and Tesda personnel to work harder in providing quality and relevant training to the students, he said.

"We want our students to feel they made the right choice in engaging in TVET programs because these can offer them a rewarding career," Villanueva added.

About 92 percent of the graduates possessed the theoretical and practical knowledge in performing their tasks at work, were highly trainable for the skills needed for the job, and have a positive work attitude, according to the survey.

For 2012, the establishments identified the following in-demand jobs: mason, welder, plumber, electrician, carpenter, computer service technician, consumer electronics service technician, auto mechanic, food and beverage service worker, heavy equipment operator, security guard, housekeeper, driver, beauty care, hairstylist, and rigger.

To meet the needs of the industries, businesses said that there is need for in-depth training on the course and improvement in communication skills.

In the months to come, businesses also urged Tesda to make the technical vocational training programs more accessible, especially in remote communities.

A total of 5,451 public and private establishments that employed TVET graduates in the last three years from 2009 to 2011 were polled for the ESS.


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