SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 20 (PIA) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – 1 allotted P33,283,746 to the agency’s Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) for the youth in the Ilocos Region.
TVET covers Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA), enabling students-beneficiaries be trained as fully equipped graduates of technical vocational courses in the future, Alea Porta N. Gomez of TESDA 1 Social Marketing and Advocacy Campaign said.
TWSP and PESFA continue to aim for the improvement of the reach of quality TVET, all the while directed toward the job requirements of priority industries and sectors with high employment demand, Gomez said.
Gomez added this is especially true for TWSP, which will offer qualifications and courses that focus on key employment generators in the areas of agri-fishery, tourism business process outsourcing, electronics, automotives, general infrastructure and other new and emerging industries.
As of June 1 this year, 3,135 beneficiaries of TWSP has been recorded while 1,489 for PESFA.
One of the requirements of TESDA for choosing TWSP beneficiaries was proof of unemployment without prior formal or vocational training.
Likewise, PESFA beneficiaries were also screened according to their basic profile which include at least 15 years old, high school graduate and has an annual family income of not more than P120, 000.
Moreover, scholars chose what course they want to take as offered by TESDA Training Institutions and Private Technical Vocational Institutes in the region.
TWSP scholars were entitled to free training cost and assessment, students allowance, book allowance and assessment fee for scholars of PESFA, she said.
Gomez said the partnership with the industry, employers and other organizations is vital in the training assistance to eventual employment of the scholars once they graduate. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union with reports from TESDA1)