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Korean, 4 Other Language courses to be available for Filipinos—TESDA

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said on Monday (July 19) that five more foreign language training courses would be made accessible to Filipino workers in the country and overseas by September.

The language-related courses—Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Italian, and French—will be added to the existing courses under TESDA’s National Skills Language Center (NLSC), according to the TESDA officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta.

In an interview with CNN Philippines‘ Newsroom Ngayon, TESDA Deputy Director General for Operations John Bertiz said that the additional foreign language courses will be fully operational by September.

Bertiz further said the move seeks to support the “high demand” for Filipino skilled workers, especially in the sectors of tourism, agriculture, and health care. “This is in response to the demand for, the need of, language training for the job-ready Filipino workforce here and abroad.” 

Meanwhile, Bertiz said in a Super Radyo dzBB interview, “The Mandarin is needed as we open our tourism, thus we conduct our training. It is also needed for BPOs or call handlers catering to Chinese or ASEAN customers.”

Learning the Italian and French languages, moreover, is needed with the opening of jobs in cruise ships, the official said.

Bertiz also noted that the training courses in TESDA could be availed by Filipinos for free and allowances will also be given under the scholarship programs.

Currently, TESDA’s NLSC is offering English Proficiency for Customer Service Workers, Japanese Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture Level II, and Spanish Language for Different Vocations.

TESDA’s NLSC graduated 1,148 students in 2021, with 508 completing English Proficiency for Customer Service Workers, 450 completing Japanese Language and Culture, and 190 completing the Spanish Language for Different Vocations. Among them were uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), as well as BPO employees (BPO).

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