By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY— The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has joined the global community in educating individuals in times of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis through its free online courses while suspending group training activities due to physical social distancing and lockdown in almost all aspects of developments, including technical and vocational education.
TESDA in Region 7 launched its TESDA Online Program recently with a menu of free online courses where learners and skills trainees need not go outside, it is literally technical vocational skills training at the fingertips.
According to TESDA-7 officials, the office must continue to serve its clients, partner institutions and local government agencies and private sector groups but due to the pandemic it must adapt to the digital technology to bring its services to the public.
Students who may have yearned for academic challenge during these times of home quarantine can learn some skills as the free courses also offer those with national certifications to assure a trainee work options after completing the course.
Courses offered for free online and with NC are Ship’s Catering NC III (updated) for maritime services;
Beauty Care Services (Nail Care) NC II for personal care; preparing cakes (1-4) in the Bread and pastry production NC II skills set.
Under the Cookery NC II courses offered include– preparing and cooking hot meals, preparing stocks, sauces and soups (1 of 7); preparing poultry and game dishes (2 of 7), preparing seafood dishes, preparing egg dishes, preparing starch dishes, preparing vegetable dishes and preparing meat dishes.
For the preparation of cold meals set, offered are preparing salads and dressing, sandwiches, Appetizers, desserts under preparing sweets.
Under the Food and Beverage services competencies NC II, updated courses include — introduction to food and beverage service (Beta) 1 of 3; providing table service (Beta) 2 of 3 and providing room services (Beta) 3 of 3.
Under Housekeeping NC II, courses offered are providing Housekeeping Services (Beta); Providing Guest Room Services (Beta); Providing Valet Services (Beta), Providing Laundry Services to Guests (Beta), Providing Public Area Services (Beta), Dealing with Intoxicated Guests (Beta) and Front Office Services NC II.
For those fascinated with technologies in information and communication, TESDA online Program also offers ICT courses like Basic Computer Operation, SMART Android Mobile Apps Development for Beginners, SMART Techno-preneurship 101, Web Development using HTML5 and CSS3 and also has the above Microsoft online courses in game development.
TESDA also offers Udacity– Google courses like android development for beginners, UX design for mobile developers, Udemy Courses and Android 4.0 programming in Java.
For Agri-related skills, offered are Fruit Growing, under the automotive competencies are Automotive Battery Servicing and Diesel Engine Tune-Up and for those into Electrical and Electronics, courses include Solar Night Light Assembly and Cellphone Servicing.
TESDA-7 continues to offer Entrepreneurship Training via Star Online Training Program, Star Online Training Program 2, Managing [Your] Personal Finances and Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB).
According to TESDA-7 that its free online courses are varied from human health and health care services such as massage therapy and the like to courses on heating, ventilation/air conditioner unit servicing and myriad of technical and vocational courses.
Lifelong learning skills such as job interview skills, how to build confidence in your abilities and skills to succeed in life and other environmental literacy as well are part of TESDA’s free online program. TESDA also offers online Trainers Methodology I and Trainers Methodology II as it is the country’s state technical vocational education training agency.
Interested prospective skills trainees can register and log-in to www.e-tesda.gov.ph using an active email account, enroll in the course of choice, train and finish the course to get a Certificate of Completion.