The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced that the demand for Filipino welders to work overseas is continuously rising.

According to TESDA Region I Director Washington Agustin, in his interview with GMA News, the demand comes from the ship building industry and manufacturers of industrial tanks such as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tanks.

To be eligible to work abroad, applicant should have accredited training or experience in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).

Meanwhile, Ms. Acela Quibrantar, President of Yangwha Human Resources Corporation, informed TESDA of the good employment prospects for welders trained under the President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo – Training for Work Scholarships (PGMA-TWSP) project.

Ms. Quibrantar added that her company, which deploys Filipino welders in the Middle East, has a total of 509 welder-scholar graduates of PGMA-TWSP project ready for deployment to their job principals in the Middle East, Korea, Australia and Canada.

The PGMA-TWSP project offers scholarships to fresh high school graduates and employed workers who seek for a career change.

Through the PGMA-TWSP, TESDA offers scholarships for SMAW and GMAW training. Recently, TESDA Director General Sec. Augusto Syjuco announced the approval of the training regulations for GTAW and has included it in the courses supported by the PGMA-TWSP project. thanks its following sources:

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