MANILA — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Monday allotted P3.15 million as training development fund for electricians under Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).
TESDA allotted the fund through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Constructors and Suppliers, Inc. (SPECS) on Monday at TESDA Complex in Taguig.
The deal aims to initially hone the skills of 670 Filipino electricians through TWSP to ensure their competence in working safely and efficiently on infrastructures, homes and buildings.
The goal of TWSP also covers existing workers in the industry and incoming electricians who may want to re-tool or be trained prior to employment. The program starts on July until December 2014.
Students will undergo trainings for Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II and NC III and Training Methodology NC I. Graduates of this program will undergo assessment and certification for free.
TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva said that the objective of TWSP is to produce quality graduates that would be an answer to the market needs.
“The prospects for employment are good, that’s why we want to strike while the iron is hot and continuously build a workers’ pool for the industry,” Villanueva said, adding that electricians are among the most in-demand workers in the country and abroad.
According to the agreement, TESDA and SPECS target a 70 percent employment rate for the program’s graduates within six months to one year after the training.
Villanueva shared his optimism for the success of the its partnership with SPECS as the program it offers not only give opportunities and jobs but also contribute to capacity-building due to its goal to “train trainors” and provide free massive assessment and certification by giving away around 700 vouchers as part of the deal.
“We are happy and very proud of this ’cause it has not been done. And we are very happy to report that our industry partners are also walking the edge from miles of improving our program of not only training and employing our ordinary citizens but at the end of the day, you’re also taking charge of capacity-building measures,” Villanueva said.