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‘Walt Disney, Hanjin, others
seek TESDA-trained Pinoys’

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority continues to win respect of major foreign and local companies looking for highly skilled workers, its director general Joel Villanueva, said.

Villanueva said companies like Warner Bros., Walt Disney, Hanjin and Keppel Corp. have been inquiring with TESDA for skilled workers for the past few months.

”They look for skilled workers like animators. Even big companies from Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, they sent letters asking about our skilled workers,” he said in an interview with PNA during the recent launching of its Google Apps for Education project.

Villanueva attributed TESDA's successes in providing world-class skilled workers to the reforms implemented under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

”We’re happy with this development because these are the testaments of what we are doing like we’re able to get ISO certification,” he said.

Due also to ISO certification, Villanueva said some big foreign companies have let go the required five year experience for every Filipino skilled workers who graduated through TESDA.

From five regional offices, Villanueva revealed that two more TESDA offices in the region are set to get ISO certification in three weeks time.

Villanueva said based on a survey conducted among 5,500 companies, more than 86 percent of the employers have expressed contentment to the performance of TESDA graduates.

He added that 92 percent of them made commitment to hire TESDA graduates.

He also revealed that 20 percent of their students have already graduated from college.

With the launching of Google Apps for Education, Villanueva said TESDA is expected to boost the reach of its technical vocational education among Filipinos in the country.

Villanueva said the Google Apps would allow the students and employees of TESDA to send and receive email with @tesda.gov.ph domain name, store data and share documents with Drive, hold web-based video conference with Google+ Hangouts and easily build websites with Sites.

He said the Google Apps is part of TESDA’s modernization program which started a year ago when it opened an online training which has already attracted over 80,000 students.*PNA

 

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