Dubbed as Special Training for Employment Program or STEP, it is a community-based specialty training program that seeks to address the specific needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly, through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service oriented activities.
Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) differs from other TESDA skills training programs because aside from the free training and competency assessment, scholars will receive starter tool kits and training allowance of PHP60 per day during the duration of the program.
The PHP60 allowance will be released directly to the scholars at the end of the training which they may use as a seed capital to start their live-hood undertakings.
TESDA allots PHP56.6M for STEP. PHP3.145 million was allotted to every district of the different provinces in the region from the fund.
Qualified to avail of the training are those at least 15 years old who are willing and available to complete the program.
Various qualifications or technical-vocation courses are offered that focus on the following sectors:
- Agriculture and Fishery;
- Automotive and Land Transportation;
- Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration;
- Visual Arts;
- Furniture’s and Fixtures;
- Health, Social and Other Community Development Services;
- and Metals and Engineering.
Interested applicants can visit their concerned local government units or go straight to the TESDA Provincial Office nearest them for more information about the program.