13 December 2012
The government is hoping to assist disadvantaged youth by giving them training, helping them to find work and providing a little cash.
A total of 65,730 beneficiaries will start training in December under the Cash-for-Training Program (C4TP) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
For this, the DSWD will pour in P1.3 billion to train the youth and put them into gainful employment or assist them start a business later on.
TESDA, through its 126 administered partner institutions, will man the skills training and development of the beneficiaries.
The program will run for six months, starting in December up to May 2013.
“With the free training, little allowance and assistance for job or small business, what we are offering is a complete package,” Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA Director General, said.
Villanueva noted that huge allocation from the government to the program seeks to make a deeper mark on the skills development of poor youth, who are the backbone of every society.
“Technical vocational education and training is an effective alternative learning, but ultimately, it is about employability. The promotion of these components needs to be reinforced in all our programs,” he said.
The beneficiaries will be selected nationwide, with each of the 17 regions having between 3,000 to 4,600 scholars.
The DSWD will be in-charge of selecting and profiling the youth qualified as beneficiaries.
Each will receive a scholarship voucher, a toolkit for those who will be under the training for self-employment category; livelihood assistance; and allowance for transportation expenses during the training.
C4TP will have two components in its implementation: training for wage employment and training for self-employment.
Scholars who will be categorized under the training for wage employment will undergo training, and after graduation will be assisted through job bridging activities to help match their skills with the specific job demand in the market.
The program for training for self-employment may be onsite, school-supervised or through a partner non-government organization.