AT least 30 unemployed youth will be selected to undergo a specialized training on Masonry National Certificate (NC) II, according to the state skills training agency Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
The selected beneficiaries will train for 33 days or 258 training hours at the Tesda Provincial Training Center-Minglanilla in Cebu province under a joint project implemented by the agency and Cemex Philippines Foundation Inc.
“We know the grueling nature of masonry. Turning stones, bricks and concrete into walls, homes, buildings and giant structures require hard labor,” Tesda chief Joel Villanueva said recently.
“This makes it essential for Tesda to put premium on developing and honing the skills of future masons in the country. Theirs is a specialized craft that could offer a promising career,” he added.
Villanueva said the linkage with Cemex came at a perfect time because of the boom in the construction and home improvement fields.
“After completing the training, undergoing assessment and getting the National Certificate, jobs here and abroad await the graduates,” he added.
Cemex Foundation said partnering with Tesda will further strengthen its corporate and social responsibility program.
Its mother company, Cemex Philippines, is one of the country’s biggest providers of building solutions and construction materials.
Under the agreement, Tesda will provide qualified trainers in Masonry while trainees will be selected by Cemex Foundation.
The foundation will make available the needed training tools, supplies and materials during the training and for the assessment. It will also endorse graduates for possible employment.