Finally–some good news popped up on our feeds in recent memory (besides the many relief efforts plus COVID19 recoveries!): TESDA has announced several online courses everyone can sign up to for free!
To many of us stuck at home, our longing for productive days are over. We can learn skills in front of the computer while snacking in our pambahay, and get National Certifications (NC) by the end of each course. Besides functioning as another resume item, learning new skills can be fun!
While the options of online courses can be overwhelming–over 68 of them according to the TESDA site–we’ve narrowed down five (5) skills sets that are expected to be helpful, exhibit an increase in demand for, or enjoy increasing popularity in the months to come while our country goes through recovery. We had considerable thoughts on courses such as Human Health/Health Care: Massage Therapy NC II and Job Interview Skills Training due to potential social distancing regulations in the future, but hey, they could be helpful, too!
AUTOMOTIVE: Diesel Engine Tune Up or Automotive Battery Servicing
Making going around more and more difficult, this crisis has lead us to put more importance in transportation–be it public or private. Enrolling in courses like these will cover the competencies in engine maintenance to maintain its optimum performance. Say goodbye to engine trouble while running for groceries, or travelling to the province. And hey, you get to secure the highly important Automotive Servicing NC II!
AGRICULTURE: Fruit Grower
With farm-to-table dining as one of the top food trends this year (also organic and plant-based/vegan dishes), the move to edible wellness and healthier eating is apparent in the many years to come. Also with the emerging challenges in food supply, growing our own food right at the backyard or if we have hectares of land available is a plus. Learn how to grow seedlings and fruit-bearing trees in this self-paced course!
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: Mobile App Design, Technopreneurship or Web Development
We can only expect Information Technology demands–especially mobile apps and websites–to grow as more Filipinos increasingly find new and innovative uses of them at home and at work. Companies are exploring telecommuting options plus projects and meetings are being managed online. The new norm for brands, utility and efficiency? Mobile apps. Coding, programming, software use–the possibilities for learning are endless.
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FOOD/TOURISM: Food Processing, Bread and Pastry Production or Cookery
Food-related industries will continue to grow, research shows. Filipinos can benefit from any of these courses by gaining sufficient skill sets to start their own businesses that serve food whether they’re home-made or made professionally. In Food Processing NC II, students can learn how to make processed food products perfect for retail. Learn how to make delicious cakes in Bread and Pastry Production, or learn the fundamentals of culinary arts in Cookery.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Starting and Improving A Business
Ever seen Netflix’s show on entrepreneurs making pitches–Shark Tank–and loved it? This might just be the path for you.
Under TESDA’s STAR and SIYB (Start and Improve Your Own Business) programs, students will learn fundamental entrepreneurial skills on marketing, branding, finance, operations. If you intend to start a small business (or wish to improve an existing enterprise), or build an organization, these courses are perfect.