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170 finish techvoc trainings in Kalinga

by Peter A. Balocnit

TABUK, Kalinga (16 October) -- About 170 students will graduate this month from various technical vocational courses offered by the Provincial Training Center – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (PTC-TESDA) here.

Gregg Y. Bagtang, PTC Information Officer disclosed that five training programs were conducted this first semester to prepare participants land jobs in the all-sector industries, here and abroad.

Of the total students, 68 are enrolled in automotive trade, 34 on electronics, 33 on electrical trade,13 on welding and the rest on defensive driving. Except for the driving course with only 15 days of training and can be tutorial in nature, the rest are three to four months training exclusive of the two months on the job training, he added.

“With the increasing tuition fees in college education, people resort to cheaper but practical alternative means of acquiring knowledge and skills for employment,” Bagtang said.

He added that students are also taught English since the job market prefers applicants proficient in the language. Learning materials in English are provided to encourage trainees hone their reading and comprehension skills. To assess their competency, trainees are required to do laboratory or practical work,” Bagtang said.

This is in line with the government’s thrust of insuring that the country’s business environment remains attractive to investors.

In a related development, PTC-TESDA is also partnering with other sectors to boost the agriculture industry in the province.

According to Bagtang, his office has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC) last July this year for the conduct of a crop processing, baking and food preservation training concentrated on banana, pineapple and taro products.

The major objectives of the joint undertaking are to train participants engage in crop processing and baking; prolong the storage life of crops and improve the nutritive quality of processed agricultural crops. Clients include KASC students, housewives and out of school youths.

Bagtang said the first two sessions on banana and pineapple preservation were conducted during the past two months. The said joint project will end by July 2008,” he said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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