22 November 2012
A batch of poor but deserving scholars are building their dreams on steel, repair tools and vehicles to gain the skills on automotive technical training.
With funding support from World Vision, the scholars will train to be skilled mechanics under the Auto Mechanic Training Center project of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
TESDA and World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization, recently signed a memorandum of agreement to work together to teach the scholars knowledge in automotive repair and make them full-fledged mechanics eligible for employment.
The graduates will undergo competency assessment and those who pass will be certified by TESDA and issued the National Certificate (NC) or Certificate of Competency (CoC).
“It’s without a doubt one of the best programs we have. The students are exposed to learning the rudiments of the course, and at the same time working hands-on,” Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said.
World Vision will pour in P7.5 million for the training, which started in October and will end on March 31, 2013.
The scholars will be selected by the World Vision through its Area Development Programs (ADP), a Christ-centered child-focused approach that partners with children, their families and communities.
Together with TESDA, the organization will also assist in the on-the-job training of graduates, job placement, and provision of supplement training curriculum especially on values formation, and ensure child protection protocols.
TESDA will provide the training module and help oversee the implementation of the training in its Auto Mechanic Training Center built by Isuzu Motors in 2008 in Tacloban, Leyte.
Since it started operation, a total of nine batches of scholars have gone through training in the facility.
The training facility houses an automotive workshop complete with training tools and equipment, a dormitory for boys and girls, cafeteria and a multipurpose covered court.
Villanueva said the training modules will be provided by TESDA, while the fund provided by World Vision will take care of the board and lodging of the scholars, as well as the supplies and materials, textbooks, uniforms and toiletries.
“We hope to build the young students’ dream from the skills training that will be provided to them. The partnership with World Vision will help turn this into reality,” Villanueva said.
“We will give them learning that works, and one that will help them find work for themselves and their families,” he added.