The United Nations observes every July 15 as World Youth Skills Day, which recognizes the need to provide young people with practical skills in order to bring down youth unemployment figures. According to the UN, there are currently 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24, which comprises 16 percent of the global population.
“Rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike,” the international organization noted on their website. “Attaining decent work is a significant challenge.”
In an effort to promote more job opportunities for the youth, they emphasize the importance of vocational and technical training.
“Technical-vocational education and training is expected to address the multiple demands of an economic, social, and environmental nature by helping youth and adults develop the skills they need for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, promoting equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and supporting transitions to green economies and environmental sustainability,” the UN pointed out.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provides numerous technical-vocational education and training programs.
TESDA recently allocated P1 million towards the Iloilo City’s Special Training for Employment Program, which provides technical training in various fields for students from low income households.
“We will be looking for residents who are at least high school graduates or [have completed] an alternative learning system,” explained Public Employment Service Office Manager Mary Grace A. Centino.
Eligible courses include beauty care, nail care, dressmaking, and wellness massage.
Earlier this year, Senator Cynthia Villar said the national government allotted P1.5 billion for TESDA to establish farming schools across the country./WDJ