Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), together with the International Labor Organization (ILO), is giving 175 scholarships for women in the Philippines. This is for them to explore more in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related careers. These TESDA scholarships are going to be effective in terms of growing the talent and abilities of women.

The launching of the program is part of celebrating the National Information and Communication Technology month as well as the #womencandoIT TESDA scholarships under the Women in STEM Program of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the Philippines.

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Khalid Hassan, director of ILO country office for the Philippines said that,

Women in STEM-related industries across South East Asia face various challenges that reduce entry, retention, and advancement in these industries. The scholarship program seeks to encourage more women to explore and to find more training and employment opportunities in Information Technology-related training programs given the future of work.”

Majority of the working women in the country are employed in the IT-BPM sector, making 53 percent of its employees, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), significantly higher than the national figure of 39.6 percent.

This scholarship program aims to spark interest and train women in STEM-related industries. This will also ensure training and employment assistance to companies who are in need of workers in the the Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Management (BPM) industry,” said TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondong.

The employment in this sector grows yearly, creating an average of 100,000 new jobs per year. It grew steadily from 527,000 full-time employees in 2010 to over 1.1 million in 2016.

Scholarship slots for technical-vocational education training are open for women who would like to study animation, gaming development, and web development. These programs are ranging from two to seven months; available at TESDA partner schools in Taguig, Las Pinas, Quezon City, and Pasig.

Applicants must be at least 18-45 years old, a high school graduate and very much interested in learning technology. They may apply at the Human Resource Development Institute in Taguig, Top Peg Animation in Las Pinas, Bayan Academy in Quezon City, and Meralco Foundation Incorporated (MFI) Polytechnic Institute in Pasig. Moreover, they have until July 2, 2018, to submit their application. They have to wait for them to know whether the TESDA scholarships program they’ve applied for has been approved or not.

What the program does is that it aims to provide women workforce with critical soft and technical STEM-related skills, employability, leadership training and mentorship to help them improve quality employment and career advancement opportunities through TESDA.

The ILO Women in STEM Workforce Readiness and Development Program in the Philippines is funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Over the years, the department has given more and more TESDA scholarships to people, not only women, and have made their lives a lot different.

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