Good news for OFW returnees and repatriates. There is a good chance to equip themselves with necessary skills in finding new jobs through courses being offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Grooming course such as hair cutting, and feet pampering are some of the courses offered. During the recent National TVET (Technical-Vocational Education Training) Competency Assessment and Certification held last March 28 to April 2 at the TESDA Compound in Taguig City, a total of 13,368 were certified including the 38 returnees who took up the beauty courses. The said graduates of the grooming course are repatriates from Romania, Saudi Arabia and Dammam. As of the record, some of those who completed the training were immediately hired by salons namely Ness Astillas Salon, Lexxusa Salon, Oriental Salon and Spa, Tony Evangelista Salon, Rudy Reponte Salon and Edwin Samot Salon.
TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said that the training aimed at tapping the skills and competencies of the OFWs and their families to help them find new jobs or start their own business. Villanueva said, "We want to assure our returning OFWs that are being repatriated is not the end of the road for them. We are giving this training to tap or further hone their skills to pave the way for new opportunities for them”.
TESDA is the leading partner in the development of the Filipino workforce with world-class competence and positive work values. TESDA’s mission is to provide direction, policies, programs and standards towards quality technical education and skills development.
This free training was conducted by the Philippine International Cosmetologist Association (PICA) in partnership with TESDA, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). Free training kits, food and transportation allowance were provided by OWWA and NRCO during the training. PICA president and well-known hair and make-up stylist Fanny Serrano personally supervised the training together with his leading stylists Gem Manuel, Bong Policarpio, Ernie Viray and Beth Granada.
Those who are interested, TESDA will continue to sponsor the free assessment and training in June and October of this year.