TESDA provides free IT training to 300 OSYs

MANILA, Philippines - The Technical Educationand Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is mounting a program to boost the competence and employability of out-of-school youths in Cebu.

TESDA director general Joel Villanueva said they have forged an agreement with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) for the implementation of a P1.2-million project for training of about 200 female OSYs.

Under the Equal Employment Opportunities for the Out-of-School Youth, Villanueva said, PEZA will provide financial assistance amounting to P600,000 for the maintenance of the computer amenities of Informatics that will be used during the 12-month training.

For its part, TESDA would provide a counterpart fund of P600,000 from its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) for the project.

“A budget of P4,000 is allocated for each of the 300 female OSYs,” Villanueva noted.

PEZA is in charge of identifying the female OSYs who will undergo the trainings from the barangays in the vicinity of the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) while Informatics would provide the necessary facilities and personnel for the training in accordance with TESDA-Board approved training programs.

“This project aims to equip women OSYs with sufficient skills to increase their employability in the IT industry and enable them to build a better future for themselves and their families,” he added.

TESDA would issue National Certificates to graduates while PEZA will recommend them to PEZA-registered IT enterprises and other companies for possible employment. PEZA will likewise monitor the job placement of the graduates.

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