Residents of Western Visayas are being urged by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to enroll in any of the 200 offered programs of skills training. Interested applicants this year are encouraged to avail of the technical vocation (techvoc) body’s training-for-work-scholarship program (TWSP).
According to a statement given by TESDA 6 (Western Visayas) Director Ashary A. Banto, the region’s absorptive capacity can accommodate about 8,000 skills trainees between the Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers and TESDA Technology Institutes (TTIs).
Banto also said that the TESDA central office has already provided the initial funding for the region’s programs. The Director then said that TESDA 6 will initially fund four batches per course.
Almost 200 programs have been registered in Western Visayas, offering a variety of skills for enrollees to learn. To fund these programs and maximize the region’s absorptive capacity, the programs will reportedly need more than PHP200 million in funding for the entire year.
According to Banto, the training costs vary between courses. He advised interested applicants to visit their nearest TESDA office.
“They will be assessed based on their chosen course and will determine if they will qualify,” he said.
Classes for 2019’s batch of graduates have already begun, but enrollment is still ongoing.
Interested applicants should bring proper identification cards. They should also be at least 15 years old, which is the trainable age set by the skills authority.