In a bid to curb the foreseeable unemployment of returning OFWs which will accrue to the millions of currently untenured Filipinos, the Technical Educations and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced last Tuesday, April 25, their intent to launch a project called “Emergency Skills Training Program.”
Starting May 1, interested applicants from the OFW sector may submit their application to avail of the skills training program, according to TESDA Director General Secretary, Guiling Mamondiong.
Aside from returning OFWs who are seeking to develop new skills and remain relevant in the workforce, the program is giving priority to marginalized individuals including drug dependents and their families, left-behind family members of slain police or soldiers under duty, and kin of traffic enforcers.
Applicants who were qualified to attend the program have until May 31 to decide on which course to pursue which ranges from masonry, carpentry, service engine mechanical components, audio/video products maintenance and repair, food processing involving the use of salt, curing and smoking.
In addition, TESDA also offers other courses which includes technical jobs such as electrical installation and maintenance, welding, plumbing, bus/straight truck driving, and cookery.
“In consonance with this, all Regional and Provincial Training Centers including TESDA-Administered Schools are directed to maintain a skeletal force to accept applicants to the said program starting May, 1, 2017 (Labor Day),” said Mamondiong.
For the undecided yet qualified individuals who would apply for the program, they are to be entitled to free assessment and certification, a free starter kit, and allowance to cover their transportation cost.
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