The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with the Cebu provincial government for a 100-million project to provide free livelihood skills training to the jobless and out-of-school-youth.
The courses offered include:
- Organic agriculture
- Bread and pastry
- Electrical installation
- Tile setting
- Computer system servicing
TESDA-7 assistant regional director Floro Ringca said that this “Special Training Employment Program” (STEP) is for the Cebuanos who were never given the chance to get a job amidst the pandemic. Furthermore is this for the out-of-school-youth to prepare them for their future.
The beneficiaries who will be chosen for the program will be receiving a P160 daily allowance, P500 for their purchase of face masks and face shields, and another P500 for their load purchase to be used for their online training.
And apart from the issuance of NC II, all of their graduates will be provided with starter tool kits based on their chosen course. This is also to ensure that they are not only prepared for their future employers, but to become their own employers.
“Pananglitan kon ang iyang kurso welding, so pag graduate sa bata, tagsa na sila og welding machine. And then kon bread and pastry, tagsa og oven toaster. And then aduna pa gyud ni siya’y accident insurance during sa training. So simbako ma-disgrasya ang bata aduna siya’y P100,000 nga insurance gikan sa GSIS (Government Service Insurance System),” he said.