Filipinos are not only known to produce professionals but also skilled technical workers. Over the last years, the number of students taking Technical Vocational courses offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have seen a steady increase. In 2016 alone, around 2 million Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students enrolled and graduated.
With the country’s growing economy and tourism, more and more businesses are proving to be job-generating industries more than others. Students who are planning to take short courses in TESDA or TVL track in Senior High School can have higher opportunities to work in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, Bartending, Hospitality, Construction, IT, Clerical works, or Entrepreneurship.
Furthermore, the Philippine Statistics Authority reveals that there are 915,726 business enterprises operating in the Philippines where micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for 99.57% of the total establishment. The top MSMEs industries include (1) wholesale and retail, (2) accommodation and food service, (3) manufacturing, (4) other service activities (includes activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods and services-producing activities of households for own use), and (5) financial insurance activities. These MSMEs contributed to almost 63% generated jobs by all types of business establishments in 2016.
Here are the Top 10 in demand TESDA courses in the country according to the Top 10 Most Availed Courses by Sex: 2014-2016 survey released by TESDA based on the number of students who graduated in the programs.
- Food and Beverage Services NC II – 52,484
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II – 52,116
- Cookery NC II – 48,852
- Bread and Pastry Production NC II – 45,964
- Housekeeping NC II – 43,656
- Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II – 35,392
- Computer Systems Servicing NC II – 32,615
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I – 26,980
- Household Services NC II – 24,191
- Bookkeeping NC III – 21,389
As the demand for technical skills in our country become higher, you can increase your chances of landing a job by taking short TESDA courses or TVL track. Those who want to work in the hotel or restaurant industry, for example, may take Food and Beverage Services NC II course and assessment and work as wait staff or food and beverage service attendant. Then if you want to pursue this certificate into a Food and Beverage Services NC IV, this can help you become a Restaurant Manager.
Interested in taking a TESDA course? You can check Edukasyon.ph and see schools that offer TESDA courses near your location.