In an effort to address the challenge to create a citizenry of entrepreneurs, a public-private partnership—between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Bayan Academy, and the social responsibility arm of global banking giant J.P. Morgan—was formed with the objective of training Tesda trainers who can then teach ‘skillspreneurship’ or skill-based entrepreneurship to a broader population.
Tesda, through its National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) chose trainers from all over the region to attend the “National Training of Trainers on Skillspreneurship”.
“This program aims to introduce entrepreneurship to Tesda technical-vocational graduates to explore the path to entrepreneurship as a way to maximize their technical skills and promote family-based enterprises for employment generation in their own localities,” explained Philip S. Felipe, executive director of Bayan Academy.
Two ‘skillspreneurship’ trainings were implemented, the first batch having 44 participants while the second having 55.
The attendees—who’ve come from all over the country some of them as far as Buyabod in Marinduque or Surallah in South Cotabato—were identified by Tesda as trainers who have the potential to become skills-based entrepreneurs and who can later on help uplift their respective communities and bring employment opportunities to their localities.