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10 TESDA TWSP trainees in Bohol hired before graduation

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 25  (PIA) -- Ten fresh graduates of a newly-opened technical vocational institute in Duero, Bohol landed jobs even before they could be formally conferred their training certificates. 

Eastern Heights School of Excellence Incorporated (EHSEI) of Lutao, Alejawan Duero now needs eight more of its graduate trainees to be hired in a year to get at least 65% employment rate of the graduates before they can reoffer the same Food and Beverage Services (FBS) next year, based on Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) policies for technical vocational institutes like them. 

During EHSEI’s first commencement exercises for its pioneering 25 graduates of the TESDA Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) beneficiaries and two regular trainees for FBS for National Certification II, TESDA Bohol Provincial Director Engr. Winefredo Salas lauded the school for its efforts to quickly seal the fate of ten of its graduates.

Salas urged the training graduates to keep what they learned and continue to accumulate skills for higher employability.

EHSEI President Consolacion Digamon Raña said the school started its operation in January when it attained TESDA accreditation for FBS training, which it followed up with their being also a TESDA accredited Assessment Center.

"After completing their training program, they need not go anywhere for their national certification as we are already NC II accredited Assessment Center," Raña said.

She added that anybody who wants to take the national certification for FBS like Hotel and Restaurant Management, Senior High School Tech Voc and Livelihood strand or those already working but needs the formal assessment, they can file it at EHSEI and get the assessment. 

EHSEI officials said they are focusing first on programs that serve the tourism sector, considering the wider range of opportunities for future employment. 

This graduating class took the national certification on June 30 to July 2 conducted by the regional FBS lead assessor of which 27 passed, said Raña. 

Based on TVI policy, EHSEI adopted 10 days of Supervised Industry Learning Program for their scholar trainees.

"Industry partners such as Jagna Rock Resort, Cliff Haven Resort and Parklane Bohol Resort and Span in Anda were more than accommodating to our students, this greatly enhanced the training that we are grateful for the help," she said.

Now with the TESDA NC II certification in their possession, it would be easier for the graduates to apply for work and potentially land a job. 

Raña admitted that their training program, especially for FBS, is tough, considering that it is not just physical skills that are needed  but also personality development and decent communication skills as the nature of the job demands direct interaction in welcoming guests, serving, taking reservations and even room service.

"Because of this, we work double time to train them, not just in the core competencies but also on the basic and common competencies: communication, inter personal relationships and computer literacy," she said.  (RAHC/PIA-7 Bohol)

Eastern Heights School of Excellence Inc. sends 27 new training graduates to find work after getting a better chance of landing jobs with their NC II Certification following rigid Food and Beverage Services training including 800 hours of Supervised Industry Learning Program. (PIA Bohol)

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