Filipinos can foresee an opportunity to work in Canada by next year as they seek workers to be employed under their Live-in Caregiver Program. Canada sees a possible 17,500 hiring of caregivers to fill the caregiver positions that Canadian professionals were not able to occupy
The four main requirements to be able to qualify for Canada’s Live-in Care Program (LCP) are as follows:
- have successfully completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school education (Canadian high school is equivalent to 12 years, the Philippines has 10 years. one must have at least another 2-years post-secondary education to meet this requirement);
- have six months of full-time training in a classroom setting** or twelve months of full-time paid employment, including at least six months of continuous employment within the past 3 years with one employer in a field or occupation related to the job the applicant is seeking as a live-in caregiver;
- must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French at a level that allows the applicant to function independently in a home setting (applicants are encouraged to take the IELTS or TEF as a proof of language proficiency);
- must have a written employment contract between the applicant and his/her future employer. The contract must define the job duties, hours of work, salary and benefits.
** For Philippine applicants, a six-month training course must be taken from an accredited training school by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). On-the-job training (OJT) or a practicum is not considered part of the required training, as well as correspondence courses, evening and weekend classes, nor they are considered full-time.
Read the Step by Step Procedures in Applying for Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program here!
Filipinos working abroad face a great challenge. Aside from struggling from homesickness, it entails lots of adjustments and sacrifices. With all the hard work and efforts of OFWs, they are indeed the modern-day heroes of our country!
This photo grabbed from WorkAbroad.ph Facebook page shows our appreciation to all OFWs!
To all Overseas Filipino Workers, “Saludo Kami sa Inyong Katatagan!”
Published in: OFW Stories
Filipinos who wish to work abroad and fond of taking vacation leaves, you may want to consider the top countries where employees enjoy the most number of paid vacation.
Numbers of Vacation Leaves
|Brazil and Sweden
|France and Portugal
|United Kingdom and Iceland
|Denmark, Germany and Spain
|Poland, Croatia, Slovenia
This list may be able to help you if you have plans in working abroad, and if you’re already working abroad and have plans of taking your vacation leave.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) made plans in response on the projected increase in the number of returning Filipino workers who’ll be processing their overseas employment certificates (OEC) or the exit clearance, as they expect thousands will arrive in preparation for the holiday season in the country.
According to the interview, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that they are planning to set up processing centers in SM Manila and Robinson’s Pioneer along Edsa in the next two weeks, aside from the existing ones in Trinoma mall, Duty-Free-Parañaque and SM Pampanga in San Fernando.
Moreover, Cacdac said that the POEA office and other processing centers will be open and ready to serve the returning Filipino workers on the following dates:
December 23 and December 26, 2013; and January 2-3 and January 6, 2014 at 6 in the morning.
Cacdac also stated that they will also open the service centers for transactions on January 4, Saturday, at 8 in the morning until 12 noon.
The POEA has regional offices in Cebu, Tuguegarao, San Fernando, La Union, San Fernando, Pampanga, Clark, Calamba, Laguna, Naga City, Legaspi, Tacloban, Cagayan de oro, Butuan and Zamboanga.
For a helpful guide, Cacdac said that the OEC “is the document that will prove that they are documented Filipino workers that will entitle them to exemptions from travel tax and airport fees. [It] will also prove their ongoing membership with OWWA [Overseas Workers Welfare Administration], PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG.”
POEA is processing around 600,000 to 700,000 OECs, on a yearly basis. Those who secure their OECs are the ones who are ending their contract and planning to start with a new one and/or are just in the country to spen their vacations.
Cacdac added that the returning OFWs may also secure their exit clearance at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) near their areas even before flying back to the Philippines.
What are the most in-demand occupations in the Philippines? What are the jobs with many vacancies but competition is low because there are few qualified applicants? What are the industries or companies that are needing the most number of workers?
The recent updates in Project JobsFit: DOLE 2020 Vision, tries to provide insights to the said questions of jobseekers. According to the press release published in the DOLE’s official, website, there are 13 Key Employment Generators (KEGs) in the Philippines:
Agribusiness, Construction, Information Technology/Business Process Management, Health and Wellness, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Banking and Finance, Mining, Transport and Logistics, Manufacturing Ownership, Dwellings and Real Estate, Education, Power and Utilities
The government agency also identified 237 in-demand occupations. From this list, there are occupations are identified as cross-cutting occupations, which means it appears in more than one industry: Accountant, Appraiser, Cashier, Checker, Driver, Machine Operator, Mechanical Technician, Security Guard, Teller, Welder
There are also 138 hard-to-fill occupations, and from this list 8 occupations are seen to recur across all of the KEGS:
Chemist, CNC Machinist, Computer Programmer, Geologist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Medical Technologist, Pharmacist, and Surveyor.
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