STATE skills training agency Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) will give away thousands of scholarship slots next year to out-of-school youths who want to enroll in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses.
Tesda director general Joel Villanueva said at least 231,579 slots will be provided under the Training for Work Scholarship program (TWSP). This is higher than the 210,526 scholars targeted this year.
“The additional scholars are possible because of the higher proposed budget for TWSP for 2016,” Villanueva said, noting the program’s budget increased from P2 billion in 2015 to P2.203 billion next year.
The TWSP aims to fill 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.
With next year’s proposed budget, Tesda hopes to assess a total of 1,371,687 skilled workers and tech-voc graduates.