The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the local government of Quezon City recently agreed to undertake a project to tap out-of-school youths (OSYs) and unemployed adults for skills training.

At least 300 OSYs and unemployed adults will benefit from the P3 million fund skills training program that will eventually make them productive.
TESDA director general Jose Villanueva and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista led the signing of the agreement wherein the local government of Quezon City will transfer an initial amount of P3 million to TESDA which will be distributed to six of its partner technical and vocational institutions.

Villanueva hailed the Quezon City government for allocating funds for the training of out-of-school youths. He said education is always a worthy investment and there is always a tenfold return for the scholars’ family and for the country.

TESDA is hoping to transform the youths from being idle into being productive citizens. Villanueva said TESDA’s way is to offer them with free training that will allow them to discover their strengths and skills that they could use for future employment.

The TESDA chief added that in most cases, dropping out of school was not the choice of students, but a condition forced on them because of poverty.

“We want to make them feel there’s a second chance. We don’t want our youth to give up on education because that would mean giving up on their family and their country,” added Villanueva.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government will identify the beneficiaries of the skills training program. It will tap barangay officials in the selection and recruitment of trainees. Barangay officials will also assist to ensure regular attendance of trainees, obedience to house rules, completion of the training program, and evaluation of the trainees.

The 300 trainees will be honing their skills in the following technical and vocational institutions: Korea Philippines IT Training Center (for IT related programs); Royal International Training Zone (for slaughtering operations); I Learn Training Center (for tourism and health); Reyes International School of Cosmetology (for beauty care); Mechatronics Technologies Corporation (for mechatronics servicing; mechatronics is a multidisciplinary engineering system design); and St. Paul University, Quezon City (for tourism and health).

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