Davao welders to be trained for jobs abroad

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Saturday, May 4, 2013


AFTER obtaining an International Standard Organization (ISO) certification, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is set to upgrade the standards of future Davao welders to be internationally recognized by American Welding Society (AWS).

Tesda director general Joey Villanueva yesterday announced that Dabaweños will be the first trainees of the first free Certified Welding Inspector Preparatory Examination Seminar (AWS-CWI) set on May 13-23.

This is in compliance with the memorandum agreement signed by Tesda and Middle East Industrial Training Institute in the United Arab Emirates (MEITI-UAE) in October last year. MEITI-UAE is accredited by the AWS as a certified welding fabricator, educational institution member, and an international agent for AWS certification.

Both agreed to upgrade the skills of Filipino engineers, welders, technicians, and other graduates of technical-vocational education and training programs.

To help the future welders, MEITI-UAE provided P20 million worth of training equipment. They also offered their AWS module, curriculum and trainers to Tesda for the training. It will also provide scholarship and employment assistance to its beneficiaries.

Villanueva said that there are 3,000 slots for scholarship allotted for Davao Region granted by MEITI. Each scholar will receive P20,000 which is intended for the training and allowance.

The intensive preparation training will help candidate welders to be able to familiarize the content of AWS-CWI examination.

Tesda and MEITI instructors will also help participants learn the course fast, showing them how to use and understand the latest standards in welding and give them a briefing on the latest developments in testing and material inspection.

Welders who will pass the program will be awarded the AWS Certified Welder Credentials. They will also have a better chance to get a job abroad because of the growing demand in United States.

"POEA said that about 17-18,000 are needed in US alone. Locally, about 3,000-5,000 welders are needed per company each year," Villanueva said.

The 10-day training will be held at Tesda Regional Training Center-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center in Buhisan, Tibungco and the examination will be on May 24.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 04, 2013.

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