65k OSYs to benefit from govt's tech-voc training

December 13, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 13 — Over 65,000 out -of -school youths were given fresh hope with skills training, opportunities for employment and even job referral under the government's Cash for Training Program (C4TP).

"With the free training, little allowance and assistance for job or small business, what we are offering is a complete package," said Secretary Joel Villanueva of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) during the C4TP launch in Makati on Thursday.

A total of 65,750 beneficiaries ranging from 15 to 30 years old, from 17 regions nationwide will start training in the government's 126 partner institutions this month.

C4TP will have two components namely, training for wage employment and training for safe employment.

The beneficiaries were carved out in the society being disadvantaged or out -of- school youths, and will each receive scholarship vouchers including P20,000 each.

Villanueva said it is important to empower the youth through education and employment because they are the 'backbone of the society.'

The government is setting aside P1.3 billion for the project which is spearheaded by TESDA and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The trainees will also receive a toolkit for those who will be under the training for self-employment category, likewise they will get a livelihood assistance and allowance for transportation during their training.

Scholars categorized under the training for wage employent will undergo trainings and will be assisted to find jobs through TESDA's job bridging activities to help match their skills with the current industry demands.

The program will run this month until May 2013, or a total of six months.

"Technical vocation education and training is an effective alternative learning but ultimately, it is about employability. The promotion of these components needs to be reinforced in all our programs," Villanueva said. (PNA)

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