The new on-site assessment program by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has become a huge hit among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from different countries.
The program officially rolled off in November 2014 and as of this writing, 512 OFWs have already been assessed and 385 of them have received certifications in their courses or qualifications.
To bring the program to four countries, TESDA has partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO). So far, they have conducted assessments in Dubai, Hong Kong, Qatar, and Singapore.
TESDA officer in charge Irene Isaac explained “The aim is to provide our workers with credentials for uncertified competencies they acquired from work.”
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Way before the skills assessment were conducted, TESDA has worked on OFW profiling. With the information they have gathered, OFWs with related experience or training have been invited to take part of the assessment. As of present time, TESDA has 2,817 manpower profile forms with over half of that number coming from Hong Kong.
Since the program began in November, 108 have been certified out of the 132 assessed in Hong Kong. Dubai, on the other hand, has 172 certified out of 239 assessed while Singapore has 78 certified out of 114 assessed. Finally, Qatar has a perfect score of 27 certified out of the 27 assessed.
The following courses or qualifications were offered during the assessment:
- Food and Beverage Services NC II
- Housekeeping NC II
- Visual Graphic Design NC II
- Technical Drafting NC II
- Massage Therapy NC II
- Pinoy Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II
- Beauty Care NC II
- Nail Care NC II
- Hairdressing NC II
- Caregiving NC II
- Bread and Pastry Production NC II
- Cookery NC II
With its 5-year validity, the National Certificate can be a strong asset for OFWs looking for more work opportunities.
Additional information for those who are ready to take Tesda Assessment exam please see image attached courtesy of San Antonio de Padua College at Pila, Laguna.