50 Carmen Copper scholars graduate from Tesda courses
Another batch of 50 technical vocational skills training program scholars successfully graduated last May 4 from Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM).
This is the third batch of scholars under the Carmen Copper – Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Skills Training Program, a partnership project that aimed to help the unemployed Toledanos acquire skills that will help them land a job.
Since inception, the program has produced a total of 147 graduates, in which most of whom have landed a job here and abroad.
From this batch, there were 25 who graduated from SMAW NC II course after completing 268 hours of center-based training at the Tesda Provincial Training Center in Toledo City, while 25 graduated from EIM NC II course after undergoing 402 hours of training.
Right after, Carmen Copper opened its doors to accommodate them for a 240-hour paid on-the-job training. They were paid P240 per day as trainees for 30 days.
Now, with their training and experience, they have the edge over the other candidates on related jobs they wish to pursue.
Rodel P. Rabanes, 27, from Barangay Bunga, said he is about to start his job in one of the leading real estate developers in Cebu. Rabanes is an EIM NC II graduate.
Being third in the brood of 10, he is solely supporting his parents after five of his siblings have settled down while the other four are still young to fend for themselves. His father is a project-based carpenter while his ailing mother is a homemaker.
Even after years of working as a promodizer at a mall in Cebu City, he said his earnings had never been enough to make ends meet for the family. Leaving aside his personal needs, he wants nothing more than a better paying job to support his parents and younger siblings.
“Ganahan gyud ko maka-abroad para makatabang sa akong ginikanan. Para nako, dili na ni imposible kay kompleto nako sa requirements ug sa pinaka-importante, ang skills ug experience (I want to work abroad so I can help my parents. For me, this is not impossible anymore because I have complete requirements and the needed skills and experience),” Rabanes said.
Rabanes was awarded the Most Outstanding EIM trainee among his batch. He received a certificate and a cash incentive, while Dinnes Pardilla of Barangay Cantabaco was awarded Most Outstanding SMAW trainee. He also received a certificate and cash incentive.
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