THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) on Friday said it is in the process of finalizing the guidelines for its new training that seeks to provide free training on technical vocational (tech-voc) courses in the poorest regions.
Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said the agency will be finalizing the guidelines by next week.
“We wanted to show the guidelines to the Commission on Audit (COA) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) because this is a new for us. Again, we are bringing training program in the community level so all districts in the country will be covered by this,” Villanueva told this reporter.
“In the next couple of weeks we’ll be having also our grand directors’ conference to discuss if the program will be offered to all regions, provinces, and district levels.
Villanueva said the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), which focuses on technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses based on the local needs, will be offered to indigent youths from the low-income communities and find a job after graduation.
“The budget is P1.022 billion and we are targeting close to about 80, 000 beneficiaries wherein after the training program and they will also receive training on entrepreurship,” he said.
Trainees, he said, will get their training tool kits after the training so that they can start their own business if they do not want to be employed in a private firm.
“They will be assessed and certified and at the same they will get a bunch of starter tool kits where they can use on their own, say, for example, you’re a tricycle driver you’ll get all these necessary tools to put up your own mechanic system in your locality,” the Tesda chief added.
NEIL A. ALCOBER