The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will soon offer additional foreign language training courses with the aim of enhancing the competitive advantage of Filipino workers.
Tesda’s officer in charge, deputy chief executive, Rosanna A. Urdaneta, said the agency is considering more language-related courses to complement courses already in place under its National Skills Language Center (NLSC).
Tesda’s NLSC plans to open additional language courses, such as Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Italian and French.
“As we continue to meet the demands of our workers, we will soon be offering various language courses in partnership with foreign embassies and other interested international organizations,” Urdaneta said.
She said that Tesda not only teaches the language itself, but also the culture of the country.
According to her, this will help Filipino workers adapt and easily adopt the country’s language and culture.
In his inaugural address on June 30, President Ferdinand R., Marcos Jr. stressed the importance of “sharpening the language skills” of Filipino workers, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), which will give the advantage of surviving and thriving abroad. floors.
Currently, Tesda’s NLSC offers English proficiency for customer service workers, Japanese language and culture, Japanese language and culture level II, and Spanish language for different professions.
In 2021, the NLSC produced 1,148 graduates, of whom 508 completed English proficiency for customer service workers; 450 Japanese language and culture; and, 190 the Spanish language for different vocations.
Among the graduates of the Tesda language course were uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and OFW employees.
Tesda’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Aniceto D. Bertiz III, revealed that the agency’s NLSC has projects and programs in the works designed to bolster the delivery of language training to Filipino workers.
“Tesda will continue to implement and improve its programs and services designed to improve the language skills of Filipino workers here and abroad in line with the new Marcos administration’s priority agenda,” Bertiz said.