Not known to all, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has an online program that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from all over the world can enroll.
As the campaign to educate OFWs are strengthen, more and more OFWs are availing of this online program which is much more convenient than a regular school.
“We have more than 50 courses available wherein our OFWs abroad can freely access even if they don’t have time to come back to the Philippines and go to the schools [for training], they can access the online program,” says TESDA Partnership and Linkages Office executive director Luz Victoria Amponin.
Some of the courses offered in the program include; agriculture, air conditioning and refrigeration, entrepreneurship, ventilation, heating, human health/health care, lifelong learning skills, information and communication technology, community development and other services, maritime, tourism and technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
Complete modules are needed to pass the assessment test.
“If they think that they already know the modules and skills which is written in it, they can just go to any recognized TESDA assessment center and pass the exam so they can get a national certificate. That certificate can be part of their portfolio once they apply for a job,” Amponin said.
If they want to avail of the said program, they can visit the official site of TESDA at tesda.gov.ph then tap the “online application system for TESDA” icon which is located at the right portion of the page. Fill out the form completely then press “SUBMIT”.
TESDA operates 122 schools nationwide and has partnered with 4,000 private schools nationwide.
Budget chief Benjamin Diokno earlier announced some 121,396 scholars will receive STEP training in 2019. Diokno had proposed a to increase TESDA’s budget from P7.6-billion in 2018 to P14.8-billion in 2019, representing a 94.7-percent hike.