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TESDA conducts pre-training assessment in Bontoc

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (23 October) -- Some 116 applicants for the PGMA Training Work Scholarship Program for call centers had undergone the pre-training assessment through pro speak at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Provincial Office here.

According to Mellicynth Yodong of TESDA-Mt. Province, 44 applicants with ratings between 55 69 are qualified to undergo training while 17 with ratings between 70 80 are already considered hirable.

Yodong said these 44 applicants are advised to undergo 100 hours training in accredited training center for this program. Since Bontoc is identified as one of the training centers, these applicants will just wait for the opening of the said training.

The national government through TESDA will pay directly to the training center the tuition fee of P5,000 per trainee. Other expenses will be shouldered by the trainees.

Yodong said application for this program is still on-going and it will end by December 2006. Qualified applicant should be at least a high school graduate, 1855 years old and must have passed the English language pre-training assessment which shall be administered by TESDA.

Meanwhile, in support to this program, the provincial government also committed a training subsidy of P100,000.

Provincial Labor Officer Jocelyn Culaling said the P100,000 is good for 100 applicants who will undergo 30 days or six weeks skills training on communication. Each trainee is entitled to P1,000 while the national government through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR) provides P4,000 to make it P5,000 which will be used to pay the training fee for the period. Other expenses will be shouldered by the trainees.

Culaling said since some applicants from Mt. Province applied directly at DOLE-CAR, the provincial government agreed that all applicants from Mt. Province who are on training can be granted with the P1,000 subsidy as long as they submit the needed requirement to the provincial government. (PIA-MP) [top]

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