SOME 60,000 skilled workers and trainers, who are graduates of the technical vocational education and training of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), can benefit in the nationwide skills assessment launched last month and will run until October this year.

Assessment and acquiring the national certification for autoamotive, land transport, and heating; ventilating air conditioning and refrigeration; construction and metals and engineering; tourism; electronics and information communications technology; agri-fishery/food processing and health; and other social community development are offered for free.

The sectors identified are currently considered in demand in the industry.

“Industry practitioners, graduates and even returning OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) should avail (themselves) of this free service because it will affirm their skills competency and help them land in better jobs,” said Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general.

Better job

He said a national certificate will serve as their key in landing a better job.

“A national certificate gives you a better lead in getting the job you want and we are giving an opportunity for vocational and technical graduates of the identified sectors to avail it for free until October,” said Tesda 7 Director Rosanna Urdaneta. “It is important that the skilled workers upgrade their skills in order to get a higher level of qualification.”

To avail of the free program, skilled workers must visit the specified Tesda offices.

Applicants may get application forms and list of requirements for assessment from the accredited assessment centers identified in the regional qualification map or the nearest Tesda offices.

The forms may also be downloaded in the Tesda website:

The identified accredited assessment centers or Tesda provincial and district offices will process the application for assessment and inform the applicants of their schedule.

Visit Tesda 7 Facebook page for more details about the program and other important announcements.