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SM Tech-Voc Program: Providing Equal Opportunities for All

Don Bosco (TVET Cebu) trainees throughout considered one of their Machinery NC II workshops

According to the Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 2020-2030, the Philippine development trade is focusing on to develop its contribution to the economic system to P130 trillion by 2030. As such, there’s a steady demand for expert staff. 

To complement the efforts of Philippine authorities and to supply alternatives for the youth in grassroot communities, SM Foundation (SMFI) launched a Technical-Vocational (tech-voc) Scholarship in 2007 –  a program that provides full tech-voc scholarships to competent college students who’re from financially-challenged households. 

It is a two-year program that constitutes a curriculum specializing in enhancing the abilities of the youth to ensure that them to realize tech-voc expertise and employment in numerous professions associated to providers and manufacturing industries.

A latest SM Tech-Voc program graduate, the eighteen-year-old Antonette Henolos enrolled on a often male-dominated craft – as she is sole feminine graduate of her class in Machining NC II which consisted of 25 college students.

Machining NC II is a brief TESDA course within the Philippines which trains college students in establishing and working a wide range of machine instruments to carry out precision machining operations. Graduates of Machining NC II are often employed as machinist, lathe, milling and precision grinding operators and bench fitters – and this skillset is just not solely in demand regionally but in addition abroad. 

Antonette believes that she will additionally achieve a male-dominated workforce. “It’s my dream to be successful and be skillful on my craft and maybe have an opportunity to also work and get trained abroad. Machining NC II is a stepping stone for me towards fulfilling my dreams,” she stated.

It was her dad and mom’ prodding which led her to take up the course. Second of 4 siblings, Antonette’s mom is a sari-sari retailer vendor and her father is a fish porter. Through the skillset that she acquired from this system, Antonette is set to enhance the standard of lifetime of her household.

Don Bosco Technical Vocational Education and Training Center (TVET) Cebu Center Director Bro. Manny Gacayan has nothing however excessive praises for Antonette. “Female machine operators are in demand here in Cebu. They are patient and very focused. Antonette is very reliable. The company where she had her on-the-job training (MVOLT Enterprise) has expressed its intention of hiring her after graduation,” he shared.

Bro. Manny says it’s her angle and character that may assist her match within the store ground. “Fortunately for Antonette there’s already a rising acceptance of girls working within the machine store trade. This is a optimistic improvement that issues are altering and that machine store follow is quick turning into a gender-neutral occupation.

Antonette is among the forty SM technical-vocational students who graduated from Don Bosco TVET in Pasil, Cebu final month. The graduates accomplished their 10-month coaching and 5-month on-the-job coaching in Machining NC II and Automotive Servicing NC II.

Since 2007, SM Tech Voc program has supported greater than 3,500 tech-voc students all around the nation.

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