Registration for free TVET underway

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BAGUIO CITY  – The Loakan-based Regional Training Center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the Cordillera announced that registration for the free technical-vocational education and training (TVET) is now underway not only in the said center but also in existing provincial training centers in the different provinces of the region.

Jaime Calatan of the TESDA-CAR’s Regional Training Center said that the implementation of the free TVET to qualified applicants is pursuant to the government’s free education program, especially for individuals who want to avail of the needed skills that will ensure their gainful employment in the future.

He disclosed that interested applicants for registration must be at least 18 years old, high school graduate and must bring with them 2 pieces passport size ID picture with white background and shirt or blouse must be with collar; photo copy of birth certificate, photo copy of medical certificate that enrolee is fit for training, photocopy of high school credentials such as diploma or form 137 and photocopy of chest x-ray result for wielding course enrolees.

The TESDA-CAR official stated that among the courses covered by the free TVET program include automotive servicing, CNC milling machine operation, electrical installation and maintenance and wielding all covering National Certifications (NC) 1, 2, 4 and 4.

Calatan said that the schedule of the free TVET will be based on the number of registrations considering that they are mandated to complete the minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 registrants per competency for them to proceed with the training of the completed batches.

“The Regional Training Center and our existing provincial training centers are ready to accommodate the interested registrants wanting to avail of the free technical-vocational education and training program of the government for them to be able to acquire skills that they could use to earn decent income to sustain the living condition of their families,” Calatan stressed.

He called on interested individuals wanting to avail of the free TVET program to immediately visit the nearest training center in their place and submit their credentials considering that the provision of the trainings will be on a first come, first serve basis.

According to him, the implementation of the free TVET program is part of the government’s initiative to provide qualified individuals with the appropriate skills that they could use to move them out from the shackles of poverty for them to enjoy and put to practice their acquired skills for the benefit of raising their children to become productive individuals in the community.

Calatan claimed that after the completion of the trainings in the different courses, the training centers will recommend to various companies inside and outside their areas of jurisdiction qualified trainees for on-the-job training (OJT) and it will now be up to the trainees to prove their capabilities to convince the companies to probably employ them once their trainings will be completed pursuant to the prescribed training hours for the courses that they have chosen.

By Dexter A. See

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