Companies could just find their next great hire or see the future business bigwigs in the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has poured in millions of funds for the two provinces in the north to train and initial 11,500 beneficiaries and make them ready for employment or to start a business.
"For too long, technical vocational education has been stigmatized. The truth is many tech-voc trained people reach the heights of success in a wide-range of profession," TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said.
"Thousands of rewarding, skilled jobs go unfilled. TESDA and technical vocational institutions, through our various programs, hold an important key to addressing the skills shortages," he added.
As the agency prepared to make available more scholarship slots, a fresh batch of trainees completed their training.
In ceremonies at the St. Louis College of San Fernando, La Union Gymnasium, Villanueva led in feting around 300 graduates of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).
A total of 100 graduates coming from Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte were also recognized. The graduates received toolkits to help them start their livelihood.
The ceremony also saw the launch of TESDAMAN@Your Service, which featured the services offered by TESDA graduates sponsored by the association of private institutions in the province. The free services included manicure/pedicure, massage, haircutting, hair/foot spa and demonstration on food processing.
The scholarship slots will be available to residents of La Union (1,504) and Pangasinan (9,931).
All scholarships will be implemented through the following TESDA programs: Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA); Special Training for Employment Program (STEP); and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB).
”We hope that the youth of these provinces can take the lead in pushing the growth of their respective provinces. Through their skills, they can get employed, improve the living condition of their families and their communities," Villanueva said. END