SEVENTY-four percent of the technical-vocational students who were granted certification after availing of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-Aboitiz Scholarship Program have gained employment in 2018.
Tesda-National Capital Region Director Conrado Bares reported that out of the 100 trainees who enrolled in the program in 2018, 93 have graduated and secured NC (National Certificate)-II. Of the graduates, 68 gained immediate employment.
Tesda reported a 100-percent employment rate for bartending, food and beverage services and plumbing, while 50 percent and 40 percent for housekeeping and food processing courses respectively.
“I wish that we will be able to sustain the partnership so that we will be able to reach more trainees,” Bares said.
Last Dec. 18, Bares led Tesda officials in accepting a P1 million check from the Aboitiz Foundation in Taguig City. The financial assistance is intended for the sustained implementation of the scholarship program.
The program started in 2016 after a memorandum of agreement was signed between Tesda and Aboitiz officials for the grant of P1 million.
The grant from Aboitiz helped the marginalized trainees, who were enrolled in various courses at the Tesda Women’s Center. The financial aid was used to cover costs of trainees’ medical examination, assessment fees, accident insurance, identification card, uniform, personal protective equipment and training supplies and materials.
Aboitiz Foundation first vice president and chief operating officer Maribeth Marasigan said education is their best Christmas gift to their beneficiaries.
She reminded the scholars to stay focused and strong, humble and generous.
“There will be tough times. Sometimes, you would want to give up, but just remember the line ‘Kayang-kaya ko ito (I can do it)!’ Remember, many people are cheering for you and they would really work their hardest to help you,” Marasigan said.
The Groupwide Aboitiz Technical-Vocational program offers an alternative solution to help high school students who do not have the means to pursue a college education. Since 2005, Aboitiz Foundation has assisted 2,787 trainees under this program with 2,697 graduates.