Wednesday, August 6, 2014

TESDA training for returning OFW’s

Filipinos returning to the country to escape the conflict situation in Libya and other strife-torn areas can look forward to the technical-vocational training being offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The training will upgrade their skills or give them new expertise to help them reintegrate in the local economy or boost their chances of finding work in a new foreign country.

According to the TESDA chief, the government has laid out measures so that returning workers do not face a bleak future in the country. From TESDA's end, training programs are available throughout the year on various courses that have the most demand among industries.

Among the courses offered by the agency and its network of public and private institutions are those in priority sectors such as construction, food and beverage, information and communication technology, automotive, metals and engineering, tourism, agriculture and fishery, and many others.

The returning OFWs may go to the TESDA's provincial, district or regional offices, of any technical vocational institutions with TESDA-registered programs and inquire on the training available and their schedules.  They may also avail of free training under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) of the agency.

PESFA scholars are entitled to free training cost, student allowance, book allowance, and assessment fee while the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) entitles its scholars to free training cost and assessment fee.