STATE skills training agency Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) announced on Tuesday that more scholarship slots are available by next year to thousands of out-of-school youths who want to enroll in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses.
Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said that for next year, at least 231,579 scholars under the Training for Work Scholarship program (TWSP) are being eyed for enrollment. The projected figures are higher than the 210,526 scholars targeted for this year.
Of the target TWSP enrollees, around 208,421 are expected to graduate, he said.
“The additional scholars are possible because of the higher proposed budget for TWSP for 2016,” Villanueva said, noting the program’s budget increase from P2 billion in 2015 to P2.203 billion next year.
As one of the agency’s major programs, the TWSP is directed towards filling up the skills gaps and job requirements of priority industries and sectors with high employment demand, improving the reach of quality technical vocational education and training to the grassroots and encouraging technical-vocational institutions to offer programs in higher qualifications catering to in-demand industry requirements.
The course programs will be supportive of the government’s thrust of rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth.
Budget for the TWSP is part of the P6.393 billion proposed allocation for Tesda next year, which is 20 percent higher than the agency’s current appropriation of P5.3 billion.
With next year’s proposed budget, Tesda hopes to assess a total of 1,371,687 skilled workers and tech-voc graduates.
Aside from the TWSP, the other major programs of Tesda will get P200 million for Private Education Student Financial Assistance; P336.647 million for Special Training for Employment Program; and P711.39 million for Bottom-Up Budgeting.
The Tesda budget was divided into three parts, namely, personnel services with P1.43 billion, maintenance and other operating expenses with P4.66 billion, capital outlay with P299.87 million.