DAGUPAN CITY - The National Youth Commission (NYC) launched the “Pinoy Apprentice” program early this month to help the government in solving youth unemployment by absorbing them as apprentices in highly-technical industries.
The program, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the city government of Dagupan, was conducted at the CSI Stadia here with more than 30 industries opening their doors to over 600 out-of-school youth (OSY) for employment to their respective apprenticeship programs.
Usec. Gregorio Ramon Tingson, chairperson of NYC, said that apprenticeship programs by industries are regulated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“The program allows enterprises to absorb young people for highly-technical training for six months with at least 75 percent of the minimum wage and social security benefits,” Tingson said.
After their training, depending on their performance and exposure to the work assigned to them, they will be absorbed by the industries as regular workers, he added.
Tingson said that Dagupan City was chosen as the pilot area of the program for the local level and if this will succeed, it will be replicated in other parts of the country.
NYC plans to gather more industries to engage in apprenticeship in order to train more young people for employment. (VHS/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)