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Frequently Asked Questions On Scholarship Implementation


 

Training

 

Qualifications or training courses that involve physical contact are discouraged by the IATF-TWG. 

Please refer to TC 66-A for the priority list of qualifications under food security, health-related, and construction sectors.

There are other qualifications (available in CS) that may be offered such as creative and traditional crafts

Yes. Learners for diploma programs, especially those scholars who started their diploma programs last year are UAQTEA priority.

Progress Charts, Achievement Monitoring Form, and Learner’s Training Portfolio are recognized as evidence of attendance in online classes as provided in TC No. 78 s., 2020 on Amended/Supplemental Guidelines on the TESDA Scholarship Programs under the “New Normal” adopting the TC No.  62 on Flexible Learning Delivery. Online log-in by the scholars can also be presented as evidence of attendance during online classes.

Our guidelines on TVET under the “new normal environment” are discussed in TESDA Circular Nos. 62, 66, 66-A s.2020 and which have been issued to all stakeholders/partners. The training and minimum health protocols stated in the issuances are all IATF-approved. These include the strict observance of social distancing in the workshops/work stations; daily health monitoring of learners; wearing of face masks and/or PPE by learners and trainers, among others. 

All scholarship programs shall follow TC 65 s. of 2020, no further cost shall be added up to qualifications that will be using the TOP.

YES. As long as the minimum 1-meter distancing between learners/scholars is complied

Yes, as long as the program implemented by the private TVIs are duly-registered with TESDA. In cases where there are no PTC/TTI, in particular, in areas covered by EO 70, the provisional training teams can be tapped as training providers. 

No. However, slots not funded by 2019 funds can be prioritized for allocation using the 2020 UAQTEA funds.

This is the order of priority for UAQTEA: 1) Free TVET 2) Diploma Programs 3) Single Qualifications under TES

Payments Arrangement

Currently, the Landbank Cash Card can be used for longer programs like Diploma or Bundled programs while G-cash can be used for shorter or single qualifications.

The following are the Special Payment Arrangements for institutions implementing Scholarship Programs:
•  If the TVI has at least conducted TIP (for actual training expenses incurred before start of training), 15% reimbursement of the total training cost and other applicable cost per batch; or 
•  Reimbursement on a pro-rated and Quantum Merit basis against the total nominal duration in the approved QM; or
•  100% payment of the training cost and other applicable cost if the TVI was able to implement greater than or equal to 80% of the training duration.

The scholarships implemented by the TVIs is in itself a form of assistance from the government. The adoption of flexible delivery arrangements is designed to enable the TVIs to continue operation and ensure their economic activity despite the pandemic. 
In addition, the TC 77, s. 2020 which provides special payment arrangements, was also issued by the Secretary to assist the TVIs affected by the sudden closure and disruptions of classes due to the COVID 19 crisis.

Allowances

Scholars who were on-board any training at the time of suspension of classes last March are entitled to receive allowances based on their actual daily attendance. 

Yes. The Scholarship Guidelines under the New Normal provides that all scholars, including those under the TWSP, shall be given an allowance called the Training Support Fund (TSF) at P160/day. Alternative modes of payment of TSF is provided for by TESDA Circular s.78, which allows either the use of Landbank Cash Card, Mobile Wallets and/or vouchers.

It shall be paid in two tranches: 
• Scholars shall receive 50% of the approved Training Support Fund (TSF) after two weeks of training
• Remaining 50% when the scholar has reached 80% of the training duration

New, additional allowances provided under the New Normal, to be given within the week after the conduct of the TIP:
• P500 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• P500 for internet and data plan

According to the GSIS, the current insurance plan does not cover health and/or Covid19-related case. 
Currently, the insurance benefits include:  
• 100K accident death, medical reimbursement of not more than P10k; 
• Bereavement assistance of P10k; 
• 24-hour accident rider including commercial flying; and 
• Sum of P50k for loss of life arising from unprovoked murder and assault  

Health and accident insurance may be considered for budgeting for 2021.

On Flexible Learning Delivery

User guides, quizzes, learning interaction, completion of learning outputs, task sheet, performance sheet, and/ or activity sheets are some of the evidences or basis for a trainee’s exit to a program. These are required in accomplishing the learners Achievement Monitoring Report (AMR) and the progress chart which reflect the learner’s completion of all learning activities needed to be achieved for all modules of the TVET program. 

 The completion of all the learning outcomes is the basis of multiple exits of learners. 

The learners Achievement Monitoring Report (AMR) and the progress chart will be used instead of the attendance sheet. The AMR is more substantial than the attendance sheet since it reflects the achievement of learning outcomes rather than just the physical presence of the learners.  The AMR should also include the signature of the trainer, supervisor, and administrator to attest to the veracity and validity of the report and to establish accountability.

The guidelines are stated in the TESDA Circular No. 62 s. 2020, “Guidelines in Implementing Flexible Learning Delivery in TVET.” Various delivery modes to suit the existing conditions have been outlined for the TVIs reference. Online learning, blended learning, distance learning among others are explained in detail in TC No, 62.

To capacitate TVIs in delivering flexible modes of learning, the Appreciation Course on Flexible Learning Delivery had been conducted. 

For clarification and further information regarding FLD, you may contact your respective RO/PO.  

Requirements for FLD are contained in both TC Nos. 62 and 66-A 

Supplemental guidelines will be provided to clarify some concerns, if needed

The TVIs should follow the requirements as provided in the TR and TESDA Circular No. 66-A s. 2020, particularly the observance of health and safety protocols. 

This is allowed given that the guidelines on the Flexible Learning Delivery allows multiple exits, subject to the completion of all learning outcomes of the TVET program regardless of the delivery modes.

Yes. In fact, NITESD/NTTA have been conducting a series of capability building for TVIs and Trainers.
 
The delivery of training on eLearning materials development will be intensified for TVIs. 

TVIs with capability are encouraged to register the program.

On Enterprise-Based Training Delivery

The following programs are under EBT:

1. Dual Training System (DTS)/ Dualized Training Program (DTP)
2. Apprenticeship
3. Learnership
4. In-company or on-site training arrangements or other 
5. Industry-based training
6. Supervised Industry Learning (SIL)
7. Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishment (PAFSE)

The in-plant training duration shall be at least sixty percent (60%) of the total duration of the DTS program

No. The amended DTS IRR and Revised DTS OG do not allow night training for DTS trainees.

No. However, an employer may hire a learner after the Learnership program if the learner agrees. 

Yes. Learners 18 years old and below, including those 15 year-olds but not lower than 15, can be employed in non-hazardous occupations.

No. This is considering that the apprentice has already completed the Apprenticeship program. It’s like taking the same TVET qualification for the second time.

Also, allowing an apprentice to take the same program in another company will open possibilities for abuse i.e. payment of below minimum salary.

TESDA Circular No. 11, s. of 2020 or the Omnibus Guidelines for TESDA Scholarship Programs already covers the in-school training aspect of DTS programs.

TESDA Circular 66-A provides the guidelines for areas where in-company and other EBT training can be implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the proposed implementing guidelines for EBT under the New Normal, it is proposed that for Supervised Industry Learning (SIL), the theoretical portion of the training plan be delivered through flexible delivery mode while the in-plant component shall be delivered when partner companies are allowed to operate. 

Inspection shall be done face-to-face or virtually following the guidelines set by IATF, TESDA and other government agencies.

TVIs and establishments shall submit the same requirements similar to the regular application for DTS Accreditation via email in PDF format to the Provincial Office.

Monitoring can be done virtually or face-to-face as allowed by the governing guidelines issued by TESDA, IATF, DOH, and LGU.

Yes. Implementers, as needed, must revise their Training Plans to comply with safety protocols and inform the Regional/Provincial Offices (RO/PO). 

EBT implementers can resume their in-plant training if they fall under an industry allowed to operate in specified areas by the IATF.

Establishments located in economic zones shall also consider obtaining clearance from PEZA before resuming their operations

 Coordination with MITD is under way to include SIL and PAFSE under EBT in the monitoring system.

On Program Registration

Program Registration Checklist

For general templates and forms, the OP for Program Registration shall be adopted e.g. Letter of Intent.

TESDA Circular on Online Processing of Program Registration Application provides the list of requirements.

Templates on Training Plan and other requirements for Flexible Learning are in TESDA 062 s. 2020.

TESDA Circular No. 62 s. 2020 already provides the guidelines on the training arrangements and parameters on Flexible Learning Delivery including all the forms and their uses. 
Moreover, NITESD shall conduct a deployment program and capacity building on said Circular among Provincial Office focals

Based on TESDA Circular 122 s. 2020, only TTIs are allowed to conduct mobile training programs (MTP). However, private TVIs with current registered MTPs with ongoing programs including programs with approved Qualification Maps (QMs) for 2019, without NISP findings, shall be allowed to continue implementation of their programs in strict compliance to the MTP implementing guidelines and requirements

The TVIs should complete the requirements per the checklist of TC No. 62, s. 2020

Yes. Memorandum No, 255, s 2020, “Registered Programs of TVIs with Lapsed Migration” has been signed by the Secretary providing the extension of migration period up to December 31, 2020.  This will cover all programs with lapsed migration and not just the IT-based qualifications.