AROUND 74% of technical-vocational students who were granted certification after undergoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority - Aboitiz Scholarship Program have successfully gained employment this year.
TESDA-NCR regional director Conrado Bares reported that out of the 100 trainees who enrolled in the program in 2018, 93 have graduated and secured NC-II certification. Of the 93, 74% gained immediate employment.
Of the offered courses, TESDA reported a 100% employment rate for bartending, food and beverage services, and plumbing while 50% and 40% respectively for housekeeping, and food processing.
“I wish that we will be able to sustain the partnership so that we will be able to reach more trainees, especially the least, the less, and the lost,” he said during the turnover of P1 million worth of check from the Aboitiz Foundation in Taguig City last December 18 for the sustained implementation of the scholarship program.
The program commenced in 2016, where a memorandum of agreement was signed for a grant of P1 million to help the marginalized trainees who were enrolled in various courses at the TESDA Women’s Center.
The grant was used to cover costs of trainees’ medical examination, assessment fees accident insurance, ID, uniform, personal protective equipment, and training supplies and materials.
Aboitiz Foundation first vice president and chief operating officer Maribeth Marasigan said the gift of education is probably the best gift that Aboitiz can give this Christmas.
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 the program with 2,697 graduates.