By Dhel Nazario
In support of the “Build Build Build” infrastructure program, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that it will be stepping up its efforts to expand the capacity of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to come up with some 200,000 construction workers nationwide.
The agency will strengthen its partnerships with business and industry groups according to TESDA Director General, Secretary Guiling Mamondiong in the provision of skills training in the construction-related training programs.
At present, the TESDA training institutions have tied-up with construction companies such as, Aboitiz Construction, Golden Bay Philippines Corp., and Jorviv’s Construction, particularly in Region Vll, Vlll and X, that would broaden job opportunities to qualified TVET graduates.
The TESDA chief said that they will formulate action plans that will increase the number of skilled workers, especially in occupations that are ‘hard-to-fill’ such as heavy equipment operator, mason, and scaffolder.
“It is significant to note that there are graduates of scaffold erection and masonry which are included among the identified as critical skills for the infrastructure development under the Build Build Build Program. However, training on Heavy Equipment Operations is not included in the top qualifications with the most number of graduates, which was identified as critical and hard-to-fill skills,” Mamodiong said.
Last March, Mamondiong issued the “Guidelines on the Implementation of TESDA’s Train to Build Build Build Project” that aims to train and develop skilled workers in the construction sector, develop models that shall be used in the conduct of training and expand TVET delivery capacity in construction-related training programs.
Based on the latest status report, from 2017 to April 30, 2018 a total of 123,537 have enrolled in construction-related training programs. In the same period, 90,240 already completed their training.
Among the regions with the most number of enrollees include the CARAGA, Region lV-B, Region lV A and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Meanwhile, in the latest list of TESDA’s Registry of Workers Assessed and Certified (RWAC), there are 94,452 graduates and workers that have National Certificate (NC) in the qualifications under the construction sector, most of them have skills in welding and building construction.