The first batch of the pilot 12-day Blended Training for Domestic Work National Certificate (NC) II are now certified skilled workers.
In a statement, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said 18 out of the 20 trainees completed the training and passed their assessments which they took at the Pasay-Makati Training and Assessment Center on June 9 and 11.
The remaining two trainees were unable to complete the training for personal reasons.
TESDA chief Secretary Isidro Lapeña expressed hope that aside from the knowledge and skills they gained from the training, trainees also gained the confidence and readiness to begin their journey overseas.
TESDA, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and its partner training institution, Fair Training Center (FTC), launched on May 24 the 12-day Blended Training Program for Domestic Work NC II to address the need of outbound domestic workers for a shorter course duration without compromising the quality of the training.
The compressed training period was a combination of online classes and face-to-face training conducted by FTC. The 10-day online lectures (excluding weekends) were done through a private Facebook group page where trainees accessed their modules, videos and assessment activities.
Submission of assignments as well as counseling sessions courtesy of the FTC was done via Facebook Messenger Rooms and Messenger Chats.
The face-to-face component –which was held at the FTC in Parañaque–focused on the learner’s readiness for their Domestic Work NC II assessment as well as applying the competencies they learned from their online classes such as the right use of household equipment and adopting the proper decorum as foreign household workers.
The ILO shoulders all the expenses of the program’s pilot implementation which will run for six months with a minimum of 60 trainees.
TESDA said all participants from the said batch already have employers in Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore and are now processing their overseas employment contract.