Artemio Jose Jr., TESDA training center head, said training for this year’s slot was targeted to start last July but it only commenced this month due to delay of the release of funds.
“44 batches will be trained on 14 areas of skills but as of now only 150 are currently training on six areas,” he said.
All trainings are given free as provided under Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. Free technical-vocational education and training can be availed of by all learners who are admitted in any TESDA-registered programs offered by the state-run technical-vocational institutes.
“Aside from being free, trainees will be given P160.00 daily allowance, P5,000.00 book allowance and insurance coverage for the duration of the training,” Jose said.
Qualified to train are those who completed 10 years of basic education or those who finished Grade 10. Disqualified are college degree graduates.
Aside from the Department of Public Works and Highways, TESDA has five private company-partners where their students can obtain their on-the-job training covered by memorandum of agreement.
Jose disclosed that they always surpass the 65 percent employability target of their graduates with these partner-companies hiring some of them.
He also disclosed that by next year starting January, they will train another 77 batches or 1,700 slots. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)