Tesda to present result of job demand survey to educators

Subscribe Now September 09, 2013 at 08:04am

The Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the government’s main job-training agency, would present to school owners the result of its survey on jobs most demanded in the Davao Region.

The Tesda would be asking the National Economic and Development Authority to schedule a talk with owners of private schools, as well as with regional executives of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on its jobs survey done yearly since two years ago.

In those surveys, Gaspar S. Gayona, Tesda regional director, said jobs in agriculture were the most numerous, correlating to the agricultural character of the region composed of Davao City and the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur.

In no particular order would come construction, tourism, information and communication technology and metals and engineering, he said.

The banana industry, for instance, has indicated the need to employ more workers to support production. “For a harvester alone, different crop plantations were needing harvesters, for example.”

“That’s a lot of workers to fill, because banana plantation is estimated to need one harvester for every hectare,” he said.

Banana has about 40,000 hectares in the region, mostly concentrated in Davao del Norte, with expansion farms in the surrounding provinces, and as far as the other regions.

The region is also known for its coconut production, with Davao Oriental dubbed as the coconut province in the country.

Gayona said the actual number of workers needed would be determined in a validation survey, “especially after Supertyphoon Pablo hit the region last year.”

He said the list of priority jobs in the region was already submitted to its central office in Metro Manila, as he said the top five jobs in the area also fit the national list of top 10 jobs.

Aside from talking with educators on the possible alignment of their courses to the demand of the job market, he said he would also discuss with the DepEd and the CHED about the need to allow Tesda to handle the training of training of teachers to teach the vocational courses in the Grades 11 and 12 level.

The first batch of students in the K to 12 program were now on their Grade 8 level. They would be expected to take up vocational courses in the school year 2016 to 2017.

Gayona said there were about 5,000 teachers to be trained to teach vocational courses. Tesda must train about 500 teachers as trainers. It already trained in February the first batch of 200 trainers and would be graduating another batch of 150 teachers.

Tesda will tender 14,780 openings in a job fair on August 22 at the NCCC Mall Davao. The job openings were offered by 81 companies.

The bulk of the jobs, at 13,542, were overseas placements and offered by 31 companies. Tesda said most of these overseas jobs were general construction workers, cleaners, factory workers, staff nurses and restaurant crew.

Of the 1,238 domestic jobs needed by 50 participating companies, many were call-center agents, customer support staff, laborers and stevedores, sales ladies and telemarketers accounting staff.

All the jobs would be offered only to graduates of vocational and technical courses, with preferential options for those carrying Tesda national certifications, Gayona said.

Source: businessmirror.com.ph

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