Welding, plumbing and electrical installation used to be associated with men. The past few years, however, saw a growing number of Filipino women pursuing careers in this field.
Seeking to tap the potentials of women in succeeding in the traditionally male-dominated trade areas, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Procter and Gamble Philippines (P&GP) forged a partnership to contribute to the upliftment of the lives of women enrolled in tech-voc.
“The objective is to empower women in the workforce and open opportunities for them,” TESDA Director General Irene Isaac said after signing a Memorandum of Agreement with P&GP, which was represented by Jaryd Chan, the company’s brand manager.
The agreement will implement the project called Ahon Pinay Kasama ng TESDA that will make available evening classes for competency-based training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II, Plumbing NC II, Automotive Servicing NC II and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II.
P&GP will also set up the EIM laboratory at the TESDA Women’s Center, being the model training center for empowered women in the technical vocational education and training.
The qualifications that will be offered will each have 15 students under the project, which will run from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
“The project is a showcase that, given the opportunity, women can perform at par with men in these fields traditionally tailored for males,” Isaac said.
Apart from challenging themselves by taking on tasks usually dominated by men, the women in these fields can also aim for a better financial future.
Isaac said that courses in welding, automotive servicing, plumbing and electrical installation are among the in-demand jobs in the country and abroad.
“What this project will fulfill is to equip the trainees with the skills they need to pave the way for employment opportunities,” she said. END