Saturday, October 7, 2017

Japanese car manufacturer hires young Ilocanos

LAOAG CITY—A Japanese car manufacturer prefers hiring Ilocano graduates of automotive technology servicing.

Amelito J. Cardenas, Marcos Agro-Industrial School administrator this as the manufacturer based in Sta. Rosa, Laguna had been accommodating on-the-job trainees from Ilocos Norte for over two years now.

For this year, Mr. Cardenas said they sent about 10 trainees to Laguna to render their services for a period of five months.  Each trainee, according to Mr. Cardenas also enjoy the opportunity to earn by at least 75 percent of a regular worker’s salary during the training period plus an employment opportunity after graduation.

“Since 2015, we have already dispatched three batches and they keep on coming back to us for more. The Ilocano workers distinct characteristics are very diligent and industrious. Perhaps, it is the reason why they are highly preferred by employers,” Mr. Cardenas opined.

Aside from this manufacturer, a South Korean conglomerate also hires highly skilled graduates of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) courses.

With the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) integration program, TESDA-Ilocos Norte director Charito Santos said more job opportunities await Filipino workers through the so-called Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) to align with the other ASEAN countries.

Ms. Santos reiterated that the PQF is a tool for the development of qualifications of Filipino skilled workers and professionals to ensure alignment of educational outcomes to job requirements.

Aside from adopting national standards and levels of outcomes of education, it aims to support the development of pathways and equivalences, and to align with international qualifications frameworks to support the mobility of learners and workers. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

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