World Café of Opportunities Provides Applicants with Job Openings
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) managed to provide job applicants from different regions with unique work opportunities. TESDA assisted Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates who attended the 2019 “World Café of Opportunities” (WCO), a job-linking event and networking service held at different regions.
Applicants from the National Capital Region (NCR) flocked the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, while individuals from the city of Ilagan, Isabela went to the City of Ilagan Community Center. Aspiring workers from Negros Occidental also trooped to the Gaisano City Grand Mall in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to seek for job opportunities.
The WCO acts as a one-stop-shop for job seekers held last August 20-29, 2019. The technical vocational education and training authority also partnered with government agencies and private organizations such as but not limited to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). These agencies will assist TESDA in providing TVET’s with employment, scholarships, and start-up opportunities.
Over 100 Hired at the World Café of Opportunities
A total of 1050 applicants attended from NCR, 300 from Negros Occidental, and 400 individuals from Isabela visited the job fair. Overall, 279 TVET graduates landed at the job opportunities of their choice. TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña states the importance of technical vocation as an alternative path for individuals who can not afford a college degree at the moment.
“Many companies nowadays require that their applicants are TESDA-certified. Many of our graduates opted to work abroad,” the TESDA Secretary said.
Other than job opportunities, graduates can also inquire for skill upgrade programs to expand their expertise. Individuals who would like to take up technical-vocational courses attended the WCO to know more about the available TESDA scholarship programs they can choose.
For the 2019 WCO, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and other agencies and 34 private companies accredited by the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) attended the event.
As TESDA hosted the WCO in different regions, they focused on offering opportunities and courses relative to the construction industry while TESDA-NCR also focused on the Information and Communication (ICT) and Tourism industry since these sectors are in-demand.
“Our mandate is not just to provide skills training to people, but also help them get employed or start a livelihood,” he said.
“What’s the purpose of training they would not be able to use it after graduation?” he added.