DON’T look now, but the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) needs language teacher/trainers as part of its program to enhance the competitiveness of overseas job applicants.
It is hiring English, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese, German, Taiwanese, Italian, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia and Japanese teachers, according to TESDA Director-General Guiling “Gene A. Mamondiong.
In a memorandum-circular to his regional directors, Mamondiong ordered the reopening of TESDA’s Language Skills Institutes (LSIs) in various parts of the Philippines.
He directed the executive director of TESDA’s National/Regional Language Skills Institutes (N/RLSIs) to offer language and culture courses to prospective overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
All regional directors and TESDA Technology Institution administrators shall determine the appropriate foreign language and culture offerings in their respective N/RLSIs.
TESDA plans to set up a pool of qualified language trainers. A teacher/trainer must be a Filipino citizen; bachelor’s degree holder; and with one-year experience in teaching any of the 11 languages.
A teacher/trainer must also be computer literate with background in Microsoft application like Power Point Word and Excel; and proficient in oral and written communications.
Likewise, the agency will give scholarship for the language proficiency examination after the completion of the training.
We, thus, doff our hat to the TESDA leadership for launching a program which is designed to enhance the competitiveness of OFWs whose dollar remittances continue to help prop up the local economy.