• DAP-funded TESDA training programs generate more jobs for its scholars

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    The skills training programs of the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) has gainfully employed more than 90,000 of its graduates.

    In an interview, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said people should look at the benefits that were derived from this mechanism.

    “The Disbursement Acceleration Program of the Aquino government yielded good results for us and the thousands of graduates that are now gainfully employed. It’s not always the devil that is in the details, the good can be found, too, if we will just bother to check,”” Villanueva said.

    A total of P 1.1 billion was released to TESDA in October 2011 through the DAP and were utilized to supplement its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP). Out of the P 1.1 billion, P 500 million went to the IT-BPO (Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing) sector, and P 600 million to support the skills requirement in four priority sectors – agriculture/agri-business; tourism, retirement, health and wellness; general infrastructure; and electronics/semi-conductor.

    “The Training for Work Scholarship program (TWSP) is one of our existing programs funded under the General Appropriations Act. Based on our data, six out of 10 graduates who availed of the scholarship got employed within six months to one year after training,” Villanueva said. The program has produced close to 150,000 graduates, according to him.

    TESDA has also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) for the joint implementation of the TWSP.

    Under the agreement, TESDA will provide scholarship vouchers to BPAP to train near-hires in the IT-BPO industry for “pre-employment training and retooling of incoming workers in the IT-BPO sector.”

    The BPAP will coordinate with its different associations for the training requirements. These associations in turn engaged TESDA-accredited companies and training institutions with TESDA-registered programs to undertake the training of qualified near-hires.

    The BPAP consists of the major stakeholders in the BPO sector such as the Animation Council of the Philippines for Animation, Contact Center Association of the Philippines, Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines, Philippine Software Industry Association, and the National ICT Council of the Philippines.

    An additional P18 million was allocated for the BPAP for the implementation of the Training Methodology Plus (TM Plus) program for 900 IT-BPO trainers.

    In the IT-BPO sector, 75,479 completed the training from the 75,682 individuals who enrolled resulting to a 70.4 percent employment rate. “This sector was able to employ 46,900 individuals, “according to the TESDA head.

    In the semi-conductor sector, one of the industry partners of TESDA is the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, which produced a total of 2,404 graduates, of which 2,044 or 85 percent are already employed.

    For the other four priority sectors, there were 73,632 graduates out of the 73,848 who enrolled. This can be further broken down as follows: Agriculture/Agri-business (2,473 graduates); Tourism, Retirement, Health and Wellness (42,712 graduates); General Infrastructure (21,793 graduates); and, Electronics and Semi-conductor (6,654 graduates). PNA

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