More jobs await construction, agriculture workers

HERE’S a bit of good news for jobseekers.

Industries are looking forward to employing qualified workers for the construction and agriculture field.

The bad news is, there are not many qualified workers, according to Conrado Bares, regional director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Bares told newsmen during the launching of the World of Café Opportunities program, the culminating activity of Tech-Voc Month celebration held at the Stadia in Dagupan City, that their focus now is training for the construction industry, as well as agriculture and tourism.

“We are having difficulty in getting available manpower,” Bares said noting that young people are not interested in the construction industry or in agriculture.

“He said most farmers are already in their senior years and their children are not interested (in farming), he said. “So who will take charge in the future?” Bares added.

Bares said they are targeting the youth like doing a showcase to show that getting an agriculture course will also lead them to succeed.

They will also coordinate with owners of heavy equipment for possible agreement with tech-voc schools to use the facilities for their students interested to join the construction industry as investment for such equipment entails big amount of money, Bares said.

“We have to remove the disinterest of the youth in getting these courses,” he said.

“Actually in our survey, it is more employable if one is a graduate of either two courses,” he added. (With PhilStar wire service report)

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