TESDA trainees from 3 northern Negros LGUs receive livelihood tool kits

September 9, 2015 4:56 am 

BACOLOD CITY, Sept. 8 — Two hundred two trainees from Cadiz City, Sagay City, and Manapla town in northern Negros Occidental recently received livelihood tool kits after availing of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

The program is spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with the Second Congressional District and the City Government of Sagay.

The beneficiaries were trained on eight vocational programs, including Perform Diesel Engine Tune-up Leading to Automotive Service, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Maintenance and Repair of Audio and Video Products and System, Maintain and Repair Cellular Phones, Carpentry, Install Wiring Services, Tile Setting and Service Automotive Battery.

Second District Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva said the trainees should continue to hone their skills so that they can be very good in their craft and have a better chance of reaching their goals in life.

Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III said one of the reasons of unemployment is not the lack of graduates but the right skills.

“At present, the skills do not match with the need of the market. TESDA’s STEP program is the answer to this problem because there are thousands demanding particular skills abroad,” he said.

TESDA-Negros Occidental Provincial Director Joel Villagracia said STEP is a community-based specialty training program that will help address the needs of the communities and promote employment through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities. (PNA)

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